Council to consult with Disabled Persons Organisations 

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste has officially launched Dublin City Council’s new process for consultation with Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs). 

Under the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, these organisations have special rights to consultation on decisions which might affect their lives and representatives from the Irish Deaf Society, Voice of Vision Impairment and AsIAm attended the launch. 

Using the principles of co-design and the techniques of service design, Dublin City Council worked on the new process, which aims to prioritise DPOs through supportive and interactive engagement through all stages from project inception to post project feedback.

Once developed, the process was then tested on pilot projects including the South Anne Street and Cathal Brugha Street public realm improvement project to ensure its sustainability.

A forum was created where three key stakeholder groups, Disabled Persons Organisations, Elected Councillors and DCC staff, could express their needs and ambitions for the process.

Our goal is to design streets and spaces that support safe independent navigation by all. The team hope that this process will transform the way designers across DCC approach consultation, and hope that this will result in considered design solutions that will improve accessibility and individual experience throughout the city,” said Jill McGovern, Acting Senior Executive Architect with the Council’s Public Realm design team.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste with representatives from the Irish Deaf Society, Voice of Vision Impairment and AsIAm at the launch of Dublin City Council’s new process for consultation with Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) at the Mansion House. PHOTO – Collins Photography

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