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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Disability

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Opinion: 'Inspiration porn' trending on social media is objectification of disabled people
Stop sharing videos of disabled people attempting to walk up the aisle, or stand for their first dance – pretending to be able-bodied is far from inspirational, writes Eileen Daly.
Opinion: Teaching unions' stance on education plans for students with disabilities sets a worrying precedent
I believe that the unions are targeting industrial action at a minority and that this sets a worrying precedent for all minority groups, writes Adam Harris.
Opinion: 'Nobody should have to live like this - I need more care to meet my basic needs'
The HSE doesn’t recognise my disability. The lack of care hours means choosing between food and a shower, writes Corina Duyn
# Public Transport
Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years
The service provider said vandalism is the cause in a number of cases.
# singing for survival
Hunger Games meets X Factor: Play highlights how people who are 'different' are treated in a post-Trump world
The piece is devised and performed by an ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities, reflecting satirically on the rise of right-wing authoritarianism.
Opinion: Should disabled characters be played by disabled actors?
‘I’m really not a fan of hiring someone because they have or have not got a disability and I, for one, would not like to be hired for a job on that basis,’ writes filmmaker Paddy Slattery.
Opinion: When I became disabled I thought I had no future but now I'm studying for a PhD
I thought my life was as good as over when I became disabled and lost my business, but studying at the National Learning Network changed everything, writes Keith Murphy.
# Healthcare
Mother pleads for funding as daughter spends over 115 days in Wexford General Hospital
The teenager’s family want her moved to a more appropriate residential care unit.
# jane hawking
Stephen Hawking's ex-wife said The Theory of Everything ignored the 'day-to-day' care she gave Hawking
“I knew if there were mistakes in the film that they were going to be immortalised.”
One in five disability discrimination reports are about health services
People with disabilities are more likely to experience discrimination than people who don’t have a disability.
'Hearing impairment is an invisible disability - this can lead to assumptions by people, even those who know us well'
Ailís Ní Ríain’s work for the Dublin Fringe Festival has been inspired by her own experiences of communication and the difficulties we can encounter with it.
# Disability
Bus Éireann in €5k payout over subcontractor who wouldn't let boy with autism eat toast in taxi
The taxi driver changed the routine after he bought a new car.
'I began to feel like I wasn't meant to have a job, or to live a life of my choosing'
Padraig Hannafin tells his story of how the loss of his Personal Assistant has greatly reduced his independence and ability to undertake his day-to-day tasks.
# Disability
'Broken' wards of courts system 'depriving people of their liberty'
A man lost his bid to leave a nursing home during the week.
# Dublin Bus
'Everyday bus users are refusing to fold up their buggies to allow wheelchair users on board'
The transport committee was told that new regulations are needed to force people to fold up their prams.
Children with disabilities: 'The assessment of need system is in disarray'
Why, at a time when we should be advancing the rights of children with disabilities as citizens of this State, are we letting them down more than ever, asks Paddy Connolly.
Media stereotyping: 'The person with an intellectual disability is treated as either 'heroic' or 'tragic''
This needs to change, writes Nuala Macklin.
# ability programme
'Are there no people with disabilities north of Dublin?': Anger over lack of funding in northwest
An organisation in “urgent need of funding” has criticised the lack of funding given to projects in the northwest as part of a new initiative.
# National Carers Week
'It's physically and mentally exhausting. I can't be off guard': The life of a single parent carer
Next week is National Carers Week, highlighting the experiences of thousands of family carers across Ireland that look their loved ones.
Column: 'Mummy, tell me the story again of how you made my brother blind'
Ireland does not recognise deafblindness as a distinct disability, writes Hesline Crawford.
'Sarah Jane would like to live independently with support. No such service or plan is possible'
The Dáil finally voted to accept the Convention even though not all legislation has been passed or even enacted, writes Suzy Byrne.
# all about dis
'People with disabilities are represented as one-dimensional, that they're happy all the time'
A new podcast is giving people with disabilities a platform to share their stories.
Disability centre fails inspection despite closure threat
Stewart Care Limited provides residential centres for people with disabilities.
Column: 'I have been asked if I mourn the healthy, normal son that I could have had'
There is still the belief that having a disability means that you are only half the person that you could have been, that it is not ‘normal’ and should be ‘cured’, writes Hesline Crawford.
# Discrimination
Lidl Ireland apologises to mum and son who were told to leave store with autism assistance dog
The supermarket chain announced a major autism-awareness initiative earlier this week.
36 hours alone in a bed without so much as a hot drink: lessons to be learned from Storm Emma
The emergency effort co-ordinated by the NECC was impressive, writes Tom Clonan, but there is still a learning curve in reaching out to all vulnerable people.
# Equality
Ireland will ratify UN Convention on Disabilities at end of February
The government has submitted some reservations on people with disabilities joining the Gardaí or Defence Forces.
Brittle bones: 'It means that my bones break easily and I cannot walk very far'
Ratifying the UNCRPD is incredibly important for people like me, writes Amy Hassett.
# Carers
'I love her too much to put her in a home': Calls for support after RTÉ doc on the struggles of carers
Almost 200,000 people dedicate their lives caring for loved ones in Ireland.
# going out
'So many venues' wheelchair bathrooms won’t have sanitary bins, soap, or mirrors - they barely have a working lock'
Going to gigs or performances when you have a disability shouldn’t be a stressful experience. We find out more at the launch of Arts and Disability Ireland’s latest strategy.
# Out with the old
Rehab Group to drop its name and spend up to €40,000 on rebranding
“To put it simply, we are not in the business of ‘rehabilitation’. We are in the business of changing hearts and minds around disability.”
# Change
'They're both excelling': Reform in child disability services begins to show signs of success
West Cork was one of the first places in the country to start this new service and families say they would be lost without it.
Cerebral palsy: 'I’m like everyone else. I want to party, get drunk, make mistakes'
I also think the success I’ve had on social media and on TV shows like First Dates shows that society as a whole is finally ready to see people with disabilities differently, writes Paddy Smyth.
Assistive technology: 'I have difficulty speaking and I use my iPad as a communications device to speak'
I don’t like to think of what my life would be like without the use of assistive technology, writes Anne O’Brien.
# dunfirth farm
Fees at centre for residents with autism to be probed over concerns about 'unknown criteria'
An inspection report found fees were still being paid into the account of a service provider that had its registration cancelled a year beforehand.
# Distress
'Physically and psychologically abusive' situation reported at Kilkenny care centre
The centre provides long-term residential care to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
# diversity
'Diversity equals innovation': Why these Irish workplaces are blazing a trail for inclusiveness
We spoke to industry professionals leading the way on diversity and inclusion in Irish workplaces.
# Camphill
Concerns raised about how residents would exit disability centre in event of fire
While there were master keys to individual units at the centre, there was no clarity as to how these could be located in an emergency.
# World Sight Day
'It puts holes in the retina': Thousands at risk of blindness due to diabetes-linked eye disease
“People absolutely take their eyesight for granted until there’s a problem,” Stephen Duffy said.
# valproate
Epilepsy drug which has left 400 Irish children with disabilities to come under EU review today
An Irish woman whose three children have disabilities will give evidence at a public hearing today.