DFI has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the crisis affecting services for disabled individuals

DFI has launched an email campaign for those concerned about the ongoing viability of disabled services.

The DFI (Disability Federation of Ireland) and BCIL are asking members of the public to take action to address the crisis that affects services for those with disabilities. This is due to the ongoing issues related to the recruitment and retention of staff members in Section 39-funded entities.

The crisis regarding the retention and recruitment of staff members in Section 39-funded organizations has been affecting the services provided to disabled individuals. The main reason for the issue is the disparity in pay between the conditions and salaries of staff members in these organizations compared to those of the HSE and Section 38. This issue has raised concerns about the viability of some of the organizations that provide these services.

The voluntary sector has a significant role in providing the services that are required by disabled individuals. The recruitment and retention problems affecting Section 39 organizations have seriously affected the essential services they offer.

The online email tool takes under five minutes to complete. It will send an email to the TDs and Senators in the constituency of the person sending the email asking them to take action on this crisis.

The email campaign will run until the Summer recess with an official end date of 31 July 2023.

The campaign can be accessed on www.disability-federation.ie/take-action.