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Disability group warns of "undue hardship"  11.09.08

UNDERFUNDING is causing "undue hardship" to people with physical and sensory disabilities in Inishowen and other parts of Donegal, a support group has warned.
The Donegal Centre for Independent Living (DCIL) says the lack of sufficient Government funding will be high on the agenda at its AGM next Tuesday, September 16.
The DCIL promotes independent living for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities through the philosophy of independent living. It is primarily based on the principle of self-direction and choice. The centre is currently facilitating more than 100 people with disabilities throughout the county to live independently within their community through a range of services. The principle service is the Personal Assistance Service but it is not reaching everyone that needs it.
"The Personal Assistance Service has transformed the lives of its users and is the cornerstone of the Independent Living movement," explained Inishowen-born DCIL manager Rosaleen Bradley.
"However, many with physical/sensory disabilities in County Donegal have been assessed and qualify, for the service but DCIL are unable to help them due to Government underfunding. This is causing undue hardship and is denying these people their right to live as equal citizens."
Despite their immediate concerns, the centre had a very busy and successful year including the official opening of their new offices in Letterkenny, the launch of its website and the opening of Anne Marie’s Library.
DCIL is appealing for a full turn out at the AGM. "It's vital that everyone availing of our services have an input into the running of the company," added Rosaleen.
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