The Barcelona Declaration Project
Facilitating Local Authorities in creating a more inclusive society
The project commenced on the 1st of December 2001 with preparation for national and regional launches. The national launch was held in Dublin on February 14th and was opened by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, thus highlighting government support for the Barcelona Declaration.
Following the national launch, eight regional launching programmes were held in:
The launching programme culminated in a plenary meeting in Dublin Castle on June 14th, opened by the Mayor of Dublin with a key note delivered by Michael McDowell, the then newly appointed Minister of Justice Equality and Law Reform. The launching programme was a powerful media event and was covered by national and regional newspapers, radio and RTE television.
Throughout the year the project team in its work has liaised and consulted with the Equality Authority, General Council of County Councils, Association of Municipal Authorities in Ireland, the Local Authority Members Association, Institute of Public Administration, Area Development Management, Chairmen of County (or City) Development Boards, a number of County, City and Town Councils. As a result of this work, the Project Team was able to indicate 3 key essential objectives to be addressed by local authorities:
Based on the social model of disability, to develop total Equality/Disability Awareness, at all levels of management and administration. This is a prerequisite for the proofing process.
To develop a consultative process without which the Equality/Disability proofing measures and decision making process would be invalid.
To provide tangible evidence of removing barriers which
prevent people with disabilities from participating and functioning within
the community. This relates to past as well as present and future actions
In December of 2001, 10 local authorities had adopted
the Barcelona Declaration. Now, as a result of the Project, 59 local authorities
have adopted the Declaration. While the adoption continues, the Project
Team is firming up the development of the model of good practice to reach
an ultimate goal: a situation led by local authorities in which all
members of the community, including people with disabilities, can actively
participate in a process that will produce tangible evidence of a barrier
free society, achieved by the application of the principles of Design