Barcelona Declaration Project

In 2003, a Barcelona Implementation Plan was developed for the county, which was adopted by Wicklow County Council in 2004. This Plan contained a number of projects designed to improve access to Wicklow County Council services by people with disabilities.

Wicklow County Council’s Barcelona Declaration Steering Group consisted of a cross section of staff as well as representatives from the disability sector within the county. This committee began the process of making Wicklow Local Authorities and it’s services accessible for all.

Access Related Complaints

The Disability Act 2005

The Disability Act 2005 is a positive action measure, which provides a statutory basis for accessible public services. Sections 26, 27 ,28 and 29 of the Act place obligations on public bodies to make their services and information accessible to people with disabilities. Under the National Disability Act 2005 Local Authorities must consider how the services they provide impact on people with disabilities. The impact of these services can be evaluated as follows:

Request for Information in Alternative Formats

What information is available in alternative format?

All information available to the public can be made available in alternative format, where it is practical and where funding permits. Such documents may include application forms, information leaflets, reports, explanatory documents and other such public interest/service documents.

Examples of Accessible Formats available

Accessible format such as HTML and other electronic formats such as Plain Text.

Access Officer

Wicklow Local Authorities has appointed an Access Officer in accordance with section 26(2) of the Disability Act 2005. The Access Officer acts for the Wicklow local authorities including the Town Councils in Wicklow, Arklow, Bray and Greystones.

The access officer is responsible for providing or arranging for, and co-ordinating assistance and guidance, to persons with disabilities accessing services provided by Wicklow Local Authorities.

Accessibility Policy

The vision of Wicklow Local Authorities is one of an inclusive Wicklow society in which people with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities to participate in the social, economic and cultural life of the county. Additionally, Wicklow Local Authorities recognise that the implementation of the Disability Act 2005 will not only make our services and facilities more accessible to people with disabilities but will ensure that Wicklow as a county strives to be universally accessible to everyone.

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