Launch of the ‘Our Say, Our Rights’ Project Wednesday 14th September 2011


Time: 11.00-14.00

Place: Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery, 24 D’Olier Street (The Gas Building), Dublin 2.

Contact: Fintan Sheerin-

On Wednesday 14th September 2011, more than 100 people with intellectual disabilities and their advocates will come together in Trinity College Dublin for the launch of the artwork for the ‘Our Say, Our Rights’ tapestry on human rights and intellectual disability. This project, which has been organized by IDRights: Human Rights and People with Intellectual Disabilities ( – chaired by Dr. Fintan Sheerin of TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery – brings together the work of more than 130 people with intellectual disabilities. These individuals have submitted squares which represent what they consider to be the important rights-related dimensions in their lives. This, therefore, affords us an opportunity to find out what these Irish people value and want in their lives in 2011.

The event builds on the work that was done in the ‘Right. Let’s Stand Up for Ourselves’ events, that were held in Dublin in 2009 and 2010, and in Limerick in 2010.

Whereas there have been significant developments in relation to disability rights over the past years, these have often had little or no direct impacted on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Thus, many of the individuals with an Intellectual Disability  still experience discrimination, inequality and marginalisation at least some time during their lives, whether in relation to specific issues such as education, health, access to public services and employment or to more general issues such as non-inclusion in society.  In response to such realities, advocacy movements and rights commissions have emerged locally, and have striven to address individuals’ and groups’ rights, but there has been no cohesive national forum for such endeavours.

One of the organisers of this event, Dr. Fintan Sheerin of TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery, highlights the importance of this event as one that “gives voice to a group of Irish people who are often not heard or, indeed, listened to. In doing so, it celebrates their resilience in the face of adversity and in expressing what they consider important in their lives, demonstrates that they desire the same things as do other members of Irish society – above all, equality, respect and meaning.”


The event will be at the Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery, 24 D’Olier Street (The Gas Building), Dublin 2 (11.00-14.00). Funding from Persons with Disabilities in Ireland is gratefully acknowledged. Other sponsors include Starbucks Coffee.