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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Disability

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# in care
Children with disabilities: Over 70 claims of abuse received by health watchdog
Health and social care watchdog Hiqa also received notifications about serious injuries and misconduct by staff.
Republic of equals? My son, on a waiting list, twists in a wheelchair too small for his body
Austerity and spending cuts have made second-class citizens of people with disabilities, writes Tom Clonan.
# Sexual Abuse
Intellectually disabled man left in care home with alleged abuser for two years - report
A report from the new HSE whisteblower service highlights claims of abuse in residential facilities.
# Disability
'My classmates are twice as likely to get a job as I am when I graduate'
A new campaign highlights the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
# GE16 Fact Check
FactCheck: Is Fine Gael right to say it has "maintained disability spending"?’s GE16 FactCheck wades into the middle of a row between Fine Gael and a high-profile Dáil candidate.
# failings
HSE confirm that people were left in a foster home after allegations of sexual abuse
More than 40 people passed through the foster home between from the early 1980s up to 2009.
How the government took 10 years to bring in a new law
The government’s attitude towards disability rights seems to be ‘no rush, we’ll get there in the end’, writes Professor Robbie Gilligan.
Looking for a job when you're disabled can be difficult, but it shouldn't be impossible
I accept that I’ll never work a 9-5 job like most people, but I should be able to make my contribution to society without barriers being placed in my way.
'I had no choice but to sit in the cold and conduct my private garda business on the street'
Vivian Rath describes how he felt disempowered after a recent trip to his local garda station.
# staying classy
Trump says he didn't mock disabled reporter and 'doesn't even know what he looks like'
“He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”
# Sexual Assault
The unusual case of a woman found guilty of raping a severely disabled student
Anna Stubblefield told the man’s family that she had helped him communicate with her.
# New Zealand
Parents stunt daughter's growth to make disability 'more manageable'
New Zealand couple Jenn and Mark Hooper say they opted for the controversial treatment “out of love”.
# Seanad bid
'My son will never live independently. I fear for his future when I'm dead'
Dr Tom Clonan, a security analyst and former army captain, is running for the Seanad.
# Protest
'We don't want to be told when we can go to the toilet, or eat or sleep'
‘We had marriage equality in May, when am I going to get my equality?’
# Budget
'The street is a cold place' Enda Kenny gives coffee to man protesting outside Dáil
The Taoiseach was pictured handing one of the protesters a cup of coffee this morning.
# benefits of the doubt
French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'
Marine Richard has a condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.
# deafblind
As many as 17,000 people in Ireland could have this disability... but no one knows for sure
Activists say more accurate data is needed.
# Cutbacks
Residents at disability centre locked in unit because of staff shortages
In one instance, residents were locked in a unit while a nurse went to another to administer medicines.
'A carer, what is that?' I am a weight lifter. I am a nurse. I am a specialist. I am exhausted.
I care full-time for my son, who has Hunter Syndrome, as well as being a mother to my other two young boys – yet I am often looked down upon by others.
What's life like as a young carer? Jamie has cared for his mother since the age of six
Caring for a family member can be a positive experience, but it can also be a strain on a young person’s health, development and happiness.
# Assault
Cork teens force autistic boy to expose himself and eat twigs
A video of the attack was posted on Facebook afterwards and local gardaí say they are aware of it.
# a first
Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will represent Finland in the Eurovision
The band was formed at a workshop in 2009 for people with disabilities.
# sam cleasby
This blogger's open letter to a woman who shamed her for using a disabled toilet is going viral
“It’s an embarrassing enough thing to deal with before having to see disapproving looks or hear your laughs and jeering remarks”.
# Higher Education
College lecturers accused of not doing enough to include students with disabilities
A new report also found that less deaf students are now attending college in Ireland.
# making history
Jamie Brewer is the first model with Down Syndrome to walk in NY Fashion Week
The well-known actress walked in an inspiring show called ‘Role Models Not Runway Models’ .
My daughter is clever, funny, and full of life. So why am I so worried about her future?
To live a full adult life and contribute to society, my daughter urgently needs resource hours in school.
# Primary Care
Staff taken off-duty after "concerns" at Tipperary disability unit
Minister Kathleen Lynch says she expected such concerns to be raised following the Áras Attracta case.
# empowered
Empowering people with a disability - by handing them the purse strings
A new system of dealing with direct payments from the HSE is getting positive reviews from users.
# Donegal
Scared of flying? What about piloting a plane blind?
Jennifer Doherty flew a plane to raise awareness of the Donegal Centre for Independent Living.
Opinion: What springs to mind when you think of artists with disabilities?
If an artist’s intellectual disability informs your opinion of their work, then you’re missing the point – and missing out.
# Disability
338 cars clamped in Dublin for parking in disabled space in first half of year
Parking in this spots when you don’t actually need to is not only illegal, it makes life very difficult for people who have disabilities.
Opinion: 'The medical card review scheme is a shambles'
I have a significant physical disability; my experience over the past seven months proves that medical card fiasco rumbles on.
# don't leave us behind
Disability groups demand an end to 'draconian' cuts
“This has to stop.”
# Online
More people with intellectual disabilities are using the internet, but it's still very low
The research also found that less than one in twenty could send a text message.
Opinion: Domestic violence victims who are disabled face multiple obstacles to help
Often when we talk of services for women affected by domestic violence, we talk in terms of able-bodied, English speaking women – but that’s not the full picture.
Opinion: Why do so many businesses ignore the needs of disabled patrons?
If people with disabilities cannot park near your business or access your services, they and their friends won’t give you custom – it’s that simple.
# free allowance
Those with bowel conditions should get extra water allowance, says councillor
Fears are mounting over inflated cost for sufferers when water charges are introduced in October.
Opinion: Volunteering isn't hard, you can just sit and have tea with someone
You would think my friend and I have nothing at all in common, and yet our friendship means so much.
# Horse Sense
Horses are helping children with disabilities to gain confidence and trust
An equine programme set up by Childvision is now being extended to children from outside its service.
# helping hand
Finding your phone difficult to use? Here's how to make things easier
If you’re finding things difficult, there are a number of features that can make your life easier built into your phone.