On Wednesday 22nd June we held a parliamentary briefing in Leinster House organised by Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD (Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Disability), which was attended by over 40 TD’s and Senators including the Minister for Disability Finian McGrath TD. We outlined how they can improve quality of life and active participation for people living with a spinal cord injury. Service users Gretta Fogarty, Susan Campbell and Stephen Cluskey also presented their individual stories.
You can view our full Briefing Document here which was presented to each attendee asking them to take action in three ways:
- List SCI as a long term illness
- By 2020 deliver on essential services
- SII to provide relevant supports and education so people with a spinal cord injury can participate fully in society
This briefing came on the back of 10 townhall meetings that Spinal Injuries Ireland supported by Coloplast undertook to engage further with people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and their families and friends, healthcare professionals and public representatives to increase awareness of the needs of the SCI Community. We are still asking that the public take action and sign our online pledge below:
I pledge to support better lives for people with spinal cord injury and their families:
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