Every person has a value and a right to be
treated with dignity
Barcelona Declaration Project Terms of reference
- Raising awareness and promoting the Barcelona Declaration among
all local authorities in Ireland with a view to the adoption of the
Declaration and its implementation by local authorities.
- Securing adoption of the Declaration by at least 75% of local authorities
by the end of 2004.
- Developing and delivering a programme to local authorities which
will enable them to disability-proof their decision making processes
and activities in accordance with the principles of the Barcelona
- Issuing guidelines which facilitate local authorities in developing
implementation plans for specific pilot actions and projects to give
practical application to the Barcelona Declaration principles within
the work of the local authority.
What does this mean for local authorities?
- to provide more favourable conditions, necessary support and resources
to promote equal opportunities for inclusion and environmental access
for all its citizens
- to consult with people with disabilities and their advocates
- to devise a plan of action to design services and structures so
they can be used by everyone
Adoption of the Declaration and participation in the
Project gives Local Authorities the opportunity.
- to operate at the political and social cutting edge
- to lead the way
- to demonstrate that they can make a difference
- to make their city, town or village a better place to live in
Disability issues are within the scope of Equality.
The Barcelona Declaration therefore has a significant
role to play within a framework of European and Irish initiatives and
The Equality framework and relevant policies in Ireland:
- Employment Equality Act 1998
- Part M of the Building Regulations 1999
- Equal Status Act 2000
- Programme for Prosperity and Fairness 2000
- National Action Plan against Poverty and Social Exclusion 2001/2003
- Employment Action Plan 2002
- Disability Bill 2002 ?