Sinn Féin MLA Padraig Delargy has welcomed the sitting of the Disabled People’s Parliament on International Day of People with Disabilities.
The Foyle MLA said
“Today is a positive day, as people with disabilities sit in the chamber and bring to light the issues caused by the inequalities that they face in their daily lives.
“This allows us, as politicians, to hear directly from those who are most affected by the lack of progress in equality for d/Deaf and disabled people.
“This kind of representation is extremely important, and hopefully, will help to influence more d/Deaf and disabled people to get involved in public life.
“We are behind other places on anti-discrimination legislation, with no Equality Act, no Bill of Rights and lost EU protections.
“This lack of equality has resulted in d/Deaf and disabled people being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must get to work at addressing these inequalities and bringing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into local legislation would be a good start.”