ABI Ireland launched its first-ever national advocacy campaign in September 2015 to raise awareness of ABI in Ireland. Specifically, the campaign seeks to influence policy and resource allocation decisions in relation to specialist ABI services.
The theme for the campaign is ‘Don’t Save Me, Then Leave Me. Rehabilitation is a Right, Not a Request’. This theme is based on the reality that more and more people are surviving brain injury as a result of advances in medicine and technology but then, due to a lack of resources for neuro-rehabilitation, they are often left to only exist as opposed to live their lives. You can read the ABI Manifesto here.
How you can help?
- Write/email/visit your local politicians to lobby them to introduce a dedicated programme of investment for people with ABI to implement current neuro-rehabilitation policy
- Promote the campaign on social media
- Tell your own ABI story to your elected representatives
- Share your ABI story with us firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign up to Supporters Network and Petition
If you are an elected representative:
- Lobby the key decision makers in Government to introduce a dedicated programme of investment for people with ABI
- Bring the ABI Manifesto to the attention of the Minister for Health and the relevant Oireachtas committees
- Tell colleagues in your political party about ABI
- Raise a PQ/have a debate/raise it at local council meetings.