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Wednesday 27 September 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Disability

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'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.
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.
'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 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.
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.
'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.
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.
Tom Clonan: 'Leo knows we get up early in the morning to bathe, toilet & spoonfeed our loved ones'
We need to radically transform the narrative around disability and equality, writes Tom Clonan.
'My intellectually disabled daughter should be able to move out like other young people'
All I want to do is to try and give her a life of her own. I think she is entitled to that, writes Sorcha Ward.
Column: 'My brother Thomas is not suitable for 'community living''
Thomas has been asked if he wants to get a new house and he has said no. Congregated settings are ideal for some people, writes Joyce Bambury.
'For people with disabilities this is a crisis within a crisis'
This is the reality for a growing number of people.
Tom Clonan: 'I've had enough. We need a campaign for our brothers and sisters disabled by our State'
Is Leo Varadkar – Taoiseach for those who “get up early in the morning” – prepared to vindicate the rights of early risers like my son, asks Tom Clonan.
Disability: 'Are one in four people that I meet uncomfortable talking to me?'
We need to give people the time and opportunity to become comfortable around those with disabilities, writes Keith Hayes.
Column: 'We need fines for cars parked on footpaths and for wheelie bins'
I don’t mind at all having a disability but when I face obstacles, it is very frustrating, writes Sean O’Kelly.
"We're not looking for something extra or more than - we're looking for same as others"
Ireland is the only EU country yet to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
'We were told she wouldn't walk': Young girl beats odds and competes in dance competition
Seven year old Ava O’Donovan was born with Spina Bifida.
'He pinned my arms down and he strangled me': Couple with challenged son call for more support
Edel Dooley and her husband Anton spoke this morning on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke about their eight-year-old son Jacob.
Poll: Should you be fined for blocking a footpath?
A new campaign was launched yesterday.
'My greatest fear is she will outlive me': Elderly carers in Ireland struggle for help
The 2011 Census found that 24,746 carers in Ireland are over the age of 65.
HSE reveals thousands of children left waiting for assessment, despite 3 month legal deadline
At end of last year there were almost 4,000 applications overdue for completion.
Children aged three forced to wait two years for assessment, despite legal 3 month deadline
Early intervention is absolutely crucial to ensure that children with disabilities are properly looked after and have services provided for them.
Store manager shared videos of disabled employee in WhatsApp group for 'merriment'
The sales assistant’s disability is a result of a road traffic accident.
Angry voter confronts Theresa May over welfare cuts
“I can’t live on £100 a month.”
'I'm between nearly crying and nearly killing someone, quite honestly'
Vandals have caused over €1,500 worth of damage at a centre for those with physical disabilities.
Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal
Last year 58% of applications for disability allowance were allowed after they were appealed.
Tributes paid to 'fearless and brilliant campaigner' Donal Toolan
President Michael D Higgins said Toolan was “a deeply committed advocate for legislation on disability rights”.
Column: 'I'm challenging the decision makers here to spend 24 hours in my wheelchair'
It’s time Ireland’s 40,000 wheelchair users had equality too, writes Sean O’Kelly.
Groundbreaking science allows paralysed man use his brain to control his arms again
Bill Kochevar says the device is “better than I thought it would be”.
85% jump in number of complaints received about HSE care of vulnerable adults
A cost-saving decision to move people with severe intellectual disabilities away from their long-term home was overturned.
After nine-year wait, Ireland to strengthen rights of people with a disability
A bill has been approved by Government which will enable ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
'Stupidity is not a handicap': Minister warns motorists to stop parking in disabled designated spots
Finian McGrath hit out at the behaviour of he drivers whose actions he described as unacceptable.
Column: 'I don't have the same civil rights as other Irish women. I have a disability'
Ireland must ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), writes Ann Marie Flanagan.
Thoughtless parking and designated driving: Life behind the wheel as a disabled driver
How an able-bodied driver can be the difference between a good day and a bad one.
'If he has a major seizure in the night, we need to know the car will start'
The mother of a boy with severe cerebral palsy will meet with the Minister for Disability Issues today.
'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.
Access for wheelchair users isn't just about putting in a ramp
There are so many obstacles to independence – and the availability of suitable housing for wheelchair users is one of them.
'Breaking my back taught me what was worth fighting for in life'
Two of Ireland’s Paralympic athletes on not letting a disability define them and how they got tough in the face of adversity.
'No one should be excluded because of their disability': Irish MEP welcomes tech bill
The directive would mean public service websites would be more accessible to the deaf and visually impaired.