Singer songwriter Ian Dury is in Dublin to launch an RTÉ Radio 2 campaign for the International Year of Disabled Persons.
British singer-songwriter Ian Dury attends a reception at the Hot Rod Cafe in Dublin's Middle Abbey Street, where details of an RTÉ Radio 2 campaign supporting the International Year of Disabled Persons are announced. Joining him at the event are 50 children with disabilities.
The campaign’s message is 'Don't label the Disabled'. Ian Dury contracted polio when he was seven years old. His latest single ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ is inspired by his own experience of having a disability.
Ian Dury has agreed to play a major part in the RTÉ Radio 2 campaign because,
I’m one of us, I’m proud of being one.
We ain’t disabled; we’re one of the tribe though.
‘Don't label the Disabled' will run on RTÉ Radio 2 during the autumn of 1981 and will be equivalent to a commercial campaign of over £5,00.
Ian Dury and The Blockheads are playing at a rock festival in Castlebar, County Mayo on 2 August 1981.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 August 1981. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.