Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD says today, International Youth Day, serves as a reminder that young people with disabilities must not be forgotten as the economic recovery takes hold.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “Today marks International Youth Day and it is imperative that young people with disabilities are not left behind in the economic recovery. There must be a concerted and sustained effort by Government to progress disability services for children and young people. The commitment to deliver an in school speech and language service in the Programme for Government must be delivered.

“Early access and timely intervention is crucial for helping children with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Currently far too many children are left languishing on long waiting lists which is hampering their development. This must be tackled as a priority. The Government also needs to ensure that geography is not a determining factor in whether a child can access the services and therapies they need.

“It’s clear that significant barriers remain for children and young people with disabilities. We must work to break down these barriers, and ensure that children and young people with disabilities can live full, active and engaged lives.”