News the Irish Government will ratify the UN Convention on the rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) is wholeheartedly welcomed for our friends in Ireland who have had Polio and are now faced with the debilitating double-whammy of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). The decision is to be applauded by us, and other campaigners working for a fairer, more compassionate world.
CRPD was adopted by the UN in 2006. 12 years to get to this stage in Ireland is a concern, because experience in the UK suggests implementation of CRPD’s ‘full and active participation and inclusion in society’, post ratification, could take an extremely long time. We can hardly participate if we cannot access venues; are refused entry; can’t even board a train, or discover accessible toilets are out of order at our time of greatest need.
The review of 1.6 million PIP cases is thanks in part to CRPD (article 19), and shows CRPD’s potential. Ireland will soon benefit from the same safeguards as 120,000 of us in the UK with PPS rely on. We do not have an active Branch in Eire, however we do have individual members there and are happy for Irish Polio survivors to join our Fellowship, and receive our support, advice and guidance. Contact the British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935 or visit https://britishpolio.org.uk/join-us/
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship