Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Your Voice, Your Choice. Consultation day, Tuesday 19th June, (places open).

What is Your Voice Your Choice?
This is an event organised by the National Disability Authority
This event is the forum announced by Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People
This event is about listening to your views on the issues that matter most to you in living with your disability

Who should come?
If you are:
A person with a disability
A parent/guardian/carer of a child or young person with a disability
An advocate for a person with a disability

Your Voice Your Choice is for You. People will attend in an individual capacity and not as a representative of any group.

Places are limited.  Please book early. We will do our best to let as many as possible attend but you must book your place.

When is it on? Tuesday 19 June 2012 from 11:30 to 15:30

Where is it on? Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, an accessible venue about 5 minutes from Heuston Station

What will happen on the day?
Your Voice Your Choice is about you having your say on what is important for you as a person with a disability.
We will work in small groups of about 8 people in each group. In the first half of the day, we want to listen to what you have to say about everyday life and what matters most to you
What’s the most important support you have for daily living?
What’s the biggest challenge that you face every day?
What’s good in your daily life but could be made better for you?
If you are the Minister and could fix just one thing – what would that be?

After lunch, we will have 4 workshops. Each workshop has a different topic. Choose the one that matters most to you. Places are limited but we will do our best to give you the workshop you want to go to.
We will end the day at 15:30.

Workshop 1- Becoming who I want to be
This workshop looks at what is important to you in making the most of your potential. This would include things like education and learning; health and well being; the world of work…and much more 

Workshop 2- Being treated equally
This workshop looks at what is important to you in being treated equally. This would include such things like attitudes; having accessible public services, access to information and public buildings; protection from abuse; mental health legislation and other laws; the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities…and much more

Workshop 3- Living the life I choose
This workshop looks at what is important to you in having choice and independence to live your life. This would include such things like advocacy; independent living; personalised budgets; having quality in services that support you; moving from institutional settings to a place that suits you…and much more

Workshop 4- Participating in the community
This workshop looks at what is important to you in being able to participate in the life of the community. This would include such things like accessible environments; transport; communications; inclusive communities; participating in sport and cultural life…and much more

What happens after this event?
We will take all your ideas and suggestions and write up a report. We will give the report to the Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. This report will be important. It will help inform what needs to be done in the new Disability action plan called the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan. We will also make copies of the report available on our website www.nda.ie.

This report will be about You, Your Voice Your Choice and what is important to you. The report will present peoples views and will not say who said what. Be free to say what you really think, because what you say will not affect the service you currently have.

Want to find out more?
If you would like to attend Your Voice Your Choice let us know by
Phone: Lo Call 1890 632 631

Places are limited. Make sure you let us know you would like to attend. We will do our best to facilitate as many as possible. We will also be organising other ways in which You can have Your Voice heard. Details will be on our website www.nda.ie or LoCall 1890 632 631.

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