Congress Disability Seminar 2014, Derry

9 Oct 2014

Group pic
Clare Moore, Berni McCrea, David Begg, Alderman Gary Middleton, and David Joyce

Over 50 delegates are gathering in Derry (9/10 Oct) for our annual seminar on disability issues for trade unions. The theme for 2014 is the contribution that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities UNCRPD can make to the lives of people on the island of Ireland. Full programme here (Thanks to Kevin Cooper for pics)

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Berni McCrea welcomed delegates. Deputy Mayor of Derry, Alderman Gary Middleton and David Begg, General Secretary Congress opened the event. Remarks of David Begg here.

Begg and MiddletonDavid Begg and Alderman Gary MiddletonThe UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – from rhetoric to practical implementation

Charlotte May-Simera, Research Assistant, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUIG here

Simon McClenahan, Disability Action here

Department for Employment and Learning – strategies for getting disabled people into work and how to support them once there.Terry Park – Disability Employment Service DEL here

BerniOur Chairperson, Berni McCreaParallel Workshop Sessions:

Northern Ireland

Case Study on Inclusive Employment – Queens University Belfast – Terry Park DEL. here

Republic of Ireland

The Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disability – Marion Wilkinson, National Disability Authority here

Disabled people and the fight against austerity. Peter Purton, TUC here

Sean McGovern, Chair of TUC Disability Committee spoke next morning on the theme of people with disabilities fighting back - see more here

Sylvia Ryan from Congress updated delegates on the Congress Activation Programme for People with Disabilities and showed a video of the project's work

 Parallel Workshop sessions:

Jim Winters, Advocacy and Rights Officer, Inclusion Ireland, spoke to us about Recognising the extra costs of disability - a basic equality issue - here

Goretti Horgan, University of Ulster, spke about Disability and long term ill health: staying in/returning to work - findings from recent research.

ICTU Disability SylviaSylvia Ryan

 ICTU Disability_PeterPeter Purton, TUCICTU Disability ClaireClaire MahonICTU Disability_MarianMarion Wilkinson, NDA