Become a campaigner
Volunteer with Irish Wheelchair Association as a local campaigner to build a more equal society for people with physical disabilities.
My interest in advocacy has developed over many years, specifically through my work within the disability and voluntary sector. I have been involved in two different levels of advocacy, one to one advocacy and organisational advocacy.
As a person with a disability, I have a unique understanding of the issues and challenges facing people with disabilities in Ireland. I was involved in setting up Spinal Injuries Ireland where I was a board member for many years, an outreach liaison manager and counsellor.
Through the people I have met in Spinal Injuries Ireland and now in Irish Wheelchair Association, I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge of the main concerns and supports needed to assist our members to live as independently as possible within their communities.
I have also had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with members of government, opposition and also successfully worked in collaboration with other lobbying organisations.
I have built and developed relationships with all political parties in relation to lobbying for change within the disability sector and hold a position at the Department of Social Protection Disability Consultative Forum, Department of Transport Access Consultative Committee and the Taxi Regulator Committee
I am very passionate in giving people with disabilities a voice within the Dail through lobbying and about ensuring that our Government is accountable to people in Ireland with disabilities.
My hopes for the future are that people with disabilities will be able to live a life of their choosing and that we will be automatically part of the conversation when government, media and others are planning discussing Housing, Transport, Employment and any aspect of society that will promote independence and equality.
As a person with a disability, I have a unique understanding of the issues and challenges facing people with disabilities in Ireland