People with Disabilities by Jennifer E, Norah, Jenny, Alexandra, Caoimhe and Megan



Welcome to our website about People with Disabilities. We hope that by looking at our site and at some work done by other people in our school that you will understand more the rights and needs of people with disabilities.

Click here to look at our pages 'Living with a Disability'.

Interviews

Interview with Donie O'Shea

We interviewed people to find out the needs of people with disabilties and to learn more about what life is like for them. We asked Donie O'Shea, who is a parent in our school and also Senior Policy and Public Affairs Offricer of the National Disability Authority, if we could interview him for our project. He came into the school and we had a meeting in the computer room with him. He told us about his work. He works with people with disabilities and mainly with people in wheelchairs. He told us the new technology for transport and he told us about friends of his who were disabled. He told us about websites that test if other websites are accessible by people with disabilities. He gave us a lot of information. We are going to tell you about some of this later on this page.


Interview with Emma Haugh

We also interviewed Emma Haugh who worked on a drama project with people with our school and with City Arts Centre. She did a course with people with disabilities and able people as well and they were all making a dance play. She enjoyed it very much. She went to England to perform a play. Everyone stayed in a big hotel together and it was all paid by the government. Here are some of the questions we asked her.

Us: Where the people with disabilites good at dance drama?
Emma: Yes they are very creative.
Us: Was it hard for actors/actresses with disabilities to dance or act because of their disability?
Emma: It wasn't hard because they didn't use their legs. They used their heads and their bodies.
Us: Where there any people hard to work with?
Emma: No, not really but there was a man with cerebal palsy and he had a board to talk. He pointed to the pictures and numbers. Emma felt very nervous that she wouldn't be able to understand him.
Us: What was the name of the Arts' Group?
Emma: Horizon Arts Work.
Us: What kind of drama did you do?
Emma: We did mixed dance and drama and forum theatre.


Technology

Some people use special software packages to make the internet easy for them to use.

Some web pages might not be accessible to people with disabilities. All web pages should be properly designed so everyone can use them. If you want to see if your web pages are done like this you can test them. You can also use the link we have given you to learn about how to make your website accessible to people with disabilities.

Test to see if your site is accessible by people with disabilities.


People with disabilities should be treated the same as everyone else.

Their rights are:

We are all equal people in Ireland.
Everyone's rights must be protected by the law.
We all have a right to learn, to work and to be part of our country.
We all have a right to choose how we live.
We all have a right to be asked what we think.
Our parents and the people who look after us have a right to be asked what they think.


Watch your language

We think you should watch your language because it can really hurt the disabled person's feelings. Some people call other people names. You should not do this. If you say something wrong, correct yourself and apologise.

Education

Education is very important for everyone. People with disabilities need to have education too. Their rights for education are ....

Everyone has a right to learn - just like everyone.
That means learning doesn't stop when people are sixteen.
Everyone has a right to learn with others if possible.
People with disabilities have special things we need to learn but these things are not being taught enough.
Schools need more money and more equipment.


Attitudes of People towards People with Disabilities

We think that people today are changing the way they think about people with disabilities. They are recognising that everyone is equal. That means that things need to change to make it possible for people with disabilities to do the things they want to do. That means that people don't just have to think in a different way. They have to start to make a lot of things easier for people to use - like when buildings are designed and when buses and trains are being made. A lot of things have changed since the survey that we read was done. Ther are a lot of things that have to change still. We hope that they will change soon.

Technology and Communications

Sometimes people with disabilities need special equipment to help them. If they do, it must be available.

They should have a free telephone in case they need help.

There are not enough people to help people who are blind and deaf.

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