Wicklow County Council have linked in with the Disability Federation Ireland to provide a Community Development Worker (Laura English) for two days per week over the period of one year. Laura’s role will be to support the council to respond to the needs of people with disabilities in County Wicklow and help them to proactively engage with implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at local level.
While physical access to the built environment will be a key concern, to be addressed in partnership with Wicklow’s Access Officer Helen Purcell, there is an acknowledgement that people with disabilities face a range of barriers to full and equal participation. As such Laura’s role will involve working with all departments within the council and with other existing local groups and services, including the County Partnerships, Education and Training Boards (ETB’s), Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, the Public Participation Network and disability organisations.
Laura has also set about establishing representative groups of people with disabilities in the North, South and West of the county to inform her work. If you would like to be involved in the work of these groups, please get in touch by calling 086 8206736 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org