NUI Galway to host international Active Citizenship and Disability Conference

Friday, November 4, 2011- Friday, November 4, 2011

NUI Galway to host international Active Citizenship and Disability Conference

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway will bring together key international thinkers and actors who have transformed disability policy and service provision for a one day conference on 4th November 2011. The event will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Galway (http://www.claytonhotelgalway.ie).
 
The event will be a forum in which participants can reflect on the sharp break needed between traditional welfare-oriented supports for persons with disabilities and a newer model that aims to underpin independence, choice and active citizenship.
 
Since the Health Service Executive report on deinstitutionalisation entitled 'A Time To Move On' in July this year, Ireland has been on the cusp of a major reform agenda of its antiquated and outmoded institutions for persons with disabilities. The Centre for Disability Law and Policy, host of the conference, is dedicated to inform and lead that change.
 
The Director of the Centre, Professor Gerard Quinn, who co-drafted the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, says, “The conference is important in that it will provide a meeting point between theorists who bring important perspectives from the new UN disability convention, policy makers interested in redesigning service delivery models, service providers interested in re-imagining their services in the decades to come, and persons with disabilities anxious to ensure that future services are adequate to ensure their right to live independent lives and be included in the community”.
 
International speakers include Martin Routledge, the Director of Operations at In Control and who has been a key figure in the reform of adult social care services at the Department of Health in the UK and Brian Salisbury, Strategic Director at Community Living British Columbia, who has driven service reform and individual funding in British Columbia. In addition, Patricia Fratangelo from New York who is a world-renowned expert in service transformation will speak about her experiences in grappling with change.  Each of these international speakers are also giving more time to discuss the finer details of reform at a workshop event hosted by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies (http://www.fedvol.ie/Events/) on the 3rd November 2011. 
 
For further information (including the conference programme, registration and a list of speakers) see http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/events.html

To register for this event please visit http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/AddRegistration.asp?Conference=143

For other enquiries and special requirements please contact: Róisín Fitzpatrick – +353 91 495888 /  +353 87 6660634 / info.cdlp@nuigalway.ie