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Group Calls For More Empowerment In New Year
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 6, 2003

DUBLIN, IRELAND-- People with disabilities are demanding better recognition and more control over decisions which effect their lives in 2003, according to a brief item from Ireland Online news service.

Ireland's Forum of People with Disabilities is calling for people to speak out for themselves, and for others in Ireland to advocate on their behalf this year, which has been designated European year of people with disabilities.

The Forum says 70 percent of people with a disability are unemployed and calls for empowerment of people who are earning less than the minimum wage.

The article mentioned that the agency Combat Poverty said families headed by a person with a disability are likely to be poor.

The Forum is lobbying for the introduction of disabled rights, which the government is committed by Europe to adopt in 2003.

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