Once your Council has adopted the Barcelona Declaration,
the following opportunities open up:
- An opportunity to demonstrate how inclusive your Council has been
in the past by compiling a list of all the action taken prior to your
adoption of the Barcelona Declaration.
- An opportunity to demonstrate your willingness to engage with the
disability advocates living and working in your area to learn what action
local people are looking for and to work out together what action can
be undertaken by the Council to satisfy those requirements.
- A link to a web page exclusive to your Council where you have a shop
window to announce every inclusive action taken prior to adoption and
all action planned for the future.
Collecting the Facts
It is important that everyone knows what initiatives have already been
taken by your council and so We recommend that you carry out an internal
audit of every department, large or small, to ascertain what projects
may have been initiated by staff members that relate to the inclusion
of people with disabilities even though they may not have been undertaken
with the Barcelona Declaration in mind.
The next step is to contact local advocates drawn, we suggest, from these
five main disability groups:
with Disabilities in Ireland (PwDI)
The Forum of People with Disabilities
The Center of Independent Living (CIL)
The Disability Federation
of Ireland (DFI)
The National Association of the Mentally
Handicapped of Ireland (NAMHI)
Entering into two-way consultations with local advocates
will enable your Council to carry out the undertakings given in Agreements
14 and 16 (XIV & XVI) of the Barcelona Declaration which aim to draw
up a plan of action with definite end dates. The material collected from
the internal audit will provide a useful starting point for Council representatives
Building your exclusive web page
The results of the internal audit and the material collected during the
consultation process will provide the basis on which to build your Council's
exclusive Barcelona Declaration web page. A link to the completed page
should be sent to the Barcelona Project Office as soon as possible after
the adoption of the Barcelona Declaration so that we can put it up on
the web site for you.