A new grassroots organisation is seeking to change public perceptions of the disabled community through art and culture, beginning with a festival this month.

The newly formed Disability Power Ireland is run entirely by disabled people and is hosting Ireland’s first Disability Pride and Power Festival throughout July.

The group are hosting events online and offline including a theatre production, workshop, dance performance, comedy night and several panel discussions addressing disability rights.

The organisation will hold an online launch this evening at 7.30pm featuring disability activists Paddy Smyth, Eileen Daly, Emilie Conway, Sarah Fitzgerald, Gráinne Hallahan, Catherine Gallagher and DPI founder and chair Maryam Madani.

Achill woman Catherine Gallagher is a spokeswoman for the organisation and she came to prominence while campaigning for regulations to allow disabled students accept PhD scholarships and retain their disability allowance.

Catherine Gallagher Communications and Research Officer with DPI told Midwest News that they aim to normalise disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity...

 

The Disability Pride and Power Festival will run until the 29th of July and information on their events is available on their website disabilitypride.ie.

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