16 year old Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with no arms or legs, but with a great deal of determination, has addressed the UN on the importance of technological resources for severely disabled people.
The issue of poor quality of life is often cited in the debate over abortion for disability and assisted dying. Here is a young woman who is living proof of the importance of positive support, both from her parents and from technology.
Well done to Joanne. Last December she persuaded the Irish Parliament to reverse a decision to reduce disability support for teenagers, now she is taking on the United Nations. Her personal motto is ‘no limbs, no limit’. We believe her.