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Budget 2017 needs to tackle disability issues

Between 2008 and 2015, funding for disability services was reduced by nearly €160m. The 2017 budget is the fourth since the ending of the recession. There are 600,000 disabled people and their families.They are citizens of this country. It is unacceptable that living with a disability in Ireland today can bring extra costs of between €207 and €276 per week.

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'People with disabilities are people - we deserve the same choices and the same respect'

To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, our reporter spoke to members of the disabled community to see if Ireland is becoming more inclusive. It was a proud moment for Vivian Rath when he heard that a neighbour's son aspired to be like him when he grew up. A qualified pharmacologist currently working towards his PhD, Vivian was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumour at age three, which left him with a severe form of scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis, or excessive curvature of the spine.

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