City Council Says It Is Serious About Inclusion
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 9, 2004
WATERFORD, IRELAND--The Waterford City Council voted Monday to adopt a declaration to reduce barriers to make buildings, services and the city's decision-making process more accessible to people with disabilities.
A brief item in the Munster Express noted that 2002 National Census figures showed that there were 3,836 people with disability registered in Waterford city -- 8.8% of the city's population of 44,000. A recent survey by the Social Inclusion Unit found that there were 50 wheelchair users in the city, 45 of whom are registered as drivers with disabilities.
Last December, the Council assembled a team of elected and appointed officials to develop a plan to address accessibility, along with social and political inclusion.
At Monday's monthly meeting, Council members viewed a video documentary which highlighted the difficulties people with disabilities experience in negotiating through the city. The video also examined the consultative process which kept people out of policy-making.
The video will be used as part of a campaign to increase public awareness and responsibility on disability-related issues and move towards a fully inclusive city, the paper reported. The plan also calls for creating a consultation process in which people with disabilities will work collaboratively with the Council and city departments.