The National Federation are organising an Awareness Event for the Access to Justice for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (AJuPID) Project.

(13 Jan 2016)

The European project AJuPID – Access to Justice for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – promotes legal capacity and access to justice in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). AJuPID is co-financed by the European Commission (DG Justice) and coordinated by FEGAPEI, the French federation of service providers and employers for persons with disabilities. The project aims to identify how the right to legal capacity and access to justice is recognised and supported in five European countries: Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary and Ireland. The project focuses on persons with intellectual disabilities, who are under partial or full guardianship and may thus be deprived of the possibility to make their own decisions concerning their lives.

One of the objectives of AJuPID is to raise awareness of the rights and needs of persons with intellectual disabilities during legal proceedings amongst staff in the judiciary. To this avail, the project partners are organising awareness events in their countries to inform judges and court staff about the principles laid out in Articles 12 and 13 of the UNCRPD on legal capacity and access to justice.

In Ireland we are hosting an event on Thursday, 21st January, 2016 in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  Professor Gerard Quinn will give a presentation on Articles 12 and 13 of the UNCRPD and also the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill.  We will also present on the AJuPID Project to date and the training proposed.   We would be delighted if you could attend this information session. 

If you are attending please email Caroline Looney in the National Federation by Monday, 18th January at


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