Government buildings local and national, major companies, civic and educational institutions, even a Dublin bus are all turning purple (#PurpleLights19) to celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPwD19) on Dec 3rd.
In year two of the #PurpleLights campaign, the Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI, is asking for a purple spotlight on disability and the 643,100 Irish people living with a disability.
The Purple Lights founder, disability activist, Gary Kearney says, “Sure we have some huge issues and life is not easy for people with disabilities but it’s a great community and on this one day, let’s celebrate that. Tomorrow we go back to fight the good fight on the numerous issues that affect us, housing, work, health, transport.”
The resilience of not only people with disabilities but also the organisations that support them,was highlighted by DFI’s Head of Policy, Dr Joanne McCarthy, “The challenges are enormous. Services are delivered by our members despite a funding shortfall from Government of at least €40 million every year.”
Many local authorities are getting involved, turning the city and county halls as well as landmark bridges purple. So far, we can confirm:
- Cork City Council
- Dublin City Council
- South Dublin County Council
- Louth County Council
- Meath County Council
- Waterford City and County Council
- Heuston Station
- The National Concert Hall
- National Convention Centre
- The Rock of Cashel
- Trinity College
- Technical University of Dublin
- The GPO
- Blackhall Place
- The Phoenix Park Column
Find out more about UN International Day of People with Disabilities, IDPD, here.
A wrap up video for #PurpleLight18 shows the wide range of participation, here.