The debate featured contributions from Pádraig Naughton, Arts & Disability Ireland; Elizabeth Whyte, Wexford Arts Centre and Senator John Dolan. Senator Dolan said: 'Our National Disability Inclusion Strategy is at best a naive and half-hearted attempt at addressing the most serious issues facing the disability community.'
Speaking in Wexford at the Kennedy Summer School on ‘Arts and Disability', Senator John Dolan said. “The lived experience of people with disabilities is a rich source for further and deeper exploration of what it is to be human. Someone with a disability is surrounded with many sharp edges that arrest lazy and untested assumptions.
They surface the core question as to what is the inherent value of life. How does one hold on to, or develop or lose authenticity in a world where one faces so much misunderstanding or prejudice from others. Others who might be described as more "front than substance"