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# Disability

All time
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.
# Challenges
'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.
# Equal Rights
"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).
# Spina Bifida
'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.
# Disability
'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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should you be fined for blocking a footpath?
A new campaign was launched yesterday.
# National Carers Week
'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.
# Overdue
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.
# disability act
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.
# mr price
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.
# Campaign Trail
Angry voter confronts Theresa May over welfare cuts
“I can’t live on £100 a month.”
# Cork
'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.
# Social Protection
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.
# disability rights
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.
# bionic man
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”.
# disabilities
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.
# Moving Forward
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.
# Unacceptable
'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.
# Determined
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.
# Mobility grant
'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.
# Social Welfare
'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.
# Challenge
'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.
# equal status
'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.
# Cerebral Palsy
Parents fear son will miss hospital appointments as they can't afford to replace van
Margaret Butler and Michael Power have called for more financial support to be given to carers.
# Martin Naughton
President leads tributes following death of 'inspirational' disability rights campaigner
Martin Naughton has died at the age of 62.
# Unemployment
Ireland has the highest rate of young people receiving benefits across 35 countries
A recent report compared and measured the experience of youth across OECD member states.
Teenage boy awarded €5,500 after management stops him bringing assistance dog to school
Luke Kelly-Melia suffers from cerebral palsy and was given the assistance dog as a result.
# Áras Attracta
'There's no prospect of my brother improving, he can't be moved into community living'
Some families of residents at Áras Attracta in Mayo fear the facility will be closed down.
# Anger
Minister demands meeting with HSE after being "appalled" at care of disability patients
An RTÉ Investigates programme aired last night outlined some cases in a leaked HSE report on the sector.
'I was told I'd never write with a pen - and now I'm a teacher'
James Cawley talks about the challenges of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congentia, and the importance of remaining positive.
# Kerry
Mother fears son won't get respite care until she dies
Nicola Lawless’ 19-year-old son Ben has a severe intellectual disability.
# Disability
Dublin Airport named the most accessible airport in Europe
It was given an award at a ceremony in Athens last night.