Public consultation on disability strategy at City Hotel tomorrow

Junior Ministers Martina Anderson, centre, and Jonathon Bell, left, receiving an RNIB award from Charlie Mack, RNIB director. (0105MM20)

Junior Ministers Martina Anderson, centre, and Jonathon Bell, left, receiving an RNIB award from Charlie Mack, RNIB director. (0105MM20)

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A public consultation event on the draft disability strategy will be held in the City Hotel tomorrow afternoon.

The consultation, which is designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities, was launched last week by junior ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathon Bell.

Ms Anderson encouraged as many people as possible to take part in the consultation process. “We are more determined than ever to remove the barriers to employment, education, transport, housing, access to information, and lifelong learning that people with a disability may experience,” she said.

The junior minister said she hopes the strategy will tackle the inequalities faced by people with disabilities. “This Strategy will bring focus to the needs of people with disabilities and provide a policy framework to give coherence and guidance to government’s activities. We remain fully committed to the challenge ahead and to taking the necessary steps to help improve the lives of disabled people. We all recognise the need to tackle the inequalities people with disabilities face but we also know that the answers aren’t easy to find. With this in mind we are pleased to launch a consultation on a draft Disability Strategy, and we are eager to hear the views of people on what we propose,” she said.

The consultation event will be held in the City Hotel, Harbour Square, tomorrow afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. or Ministers Martina Anderson, centre, and Jonathon Bell, left, receiving an RNIB award from Charlie Mack, RNIB director. (0105MM20)