Press Release

People with disabilities want choice

Minister of State for Disability & Mental Health, John Moloney T.D. will today (3rd December, 2010) publish the findings of a public consultation process undertaken as part of a Value for Money Review of Disability Services. The Minister will also publish draft policy proposals outlining a shift from existing disability service models towards a system of individual supports and individualised budgeting.

Some of the main findings of the consultation include:

  • Almost three quarters (73%) of people consulted felt that the best option for meeting the needs of people with disabilities would be for them to have a choice to get different elements of service from different providers.
  • Exactly half of respondents said that people with disabilities should get to choose and manage their own services
  • 96% of respondents agreed that the current objectives of the Disability Services are relevant.
  • Many felt that access to services and information about services was not adequate and that there are inequities in how resources are distributed within the system

The full consultation report is now available on the Department of Heath & Children’s website

Almost 200 people responded to the public consultation process which was undertaken by the Office for Disability & Mental Health as part of a Value for Money & Policy Review of the Disability Services. Respondents included service users and their families, statutory and voluntary service providers, staff members, advocacy organisations and representative bodies.

Speaking on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (3rd December 2010), the Minister said: “This consultation process has confirmed that people with disabilities and their families are looking for more choice in the services they receive and more control over how they access them. It clearly underlines the necessity of reform in how our disability services are funded and organised.”