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# Disability

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# Saved
Funding to be restored to 30 health and disability groups
A number of the groups faced closure due to the loss of funding.
Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them
The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.
# Support
'Continued effort needed' to tackle stigma towards mental health issues
A new ESRI report also recommends integrated services for ‘physical and mental disabilities’.
# ronan's cause
'Wonderful news': Ronan gets medical card back after 'exhausting' campaign
Ronan Woodhouse will receive the card within the next seven to 10 days, his mother said.
# Care
Inspections on children's disability services finds majority provide good quality care
Non compliance was found in some areas relating to hazard identification and risk assessment.
# app-ortunity
NUI Maynooth team chosen to compete in major student tech competition
The three computer science students, whose app provides info on buildings’ accessibility for those with mobility impairments, will compete in the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals in Seattle at the end of July.
# Hope
Blind adventurer to give TED talk on hope four years after becoming paralysed
Mark Pollock said he was told to accept his situation but since his accident he has delved into the world of robotics and is looking at finding a possible cure for spinal injury
Opinion: If the HSE doesn't understand Down Syndrome, how can it care for those with it?
Children with special needs are what human beings have always aspired to be – selfless, non-judgemental and kind. But they are also very vulnerable.
# no access
Man in wheelchair carried off DART as no ramp available at Donaghmede station
Irish Rail said they would like to apologise to the customer featured in the video clip for any distress that was caused to him.
Opinion: Being ill is hard – having to fight for every basic human right is much, much harder
I am furious and disappointed that nobody bothered to tell me that I was not going to get Home Help. Or to explain to me the reason why.
Opinion: I couldn't clearly watch my brother play in Croke Park because I’m in a wheelchair
The GAA markets Croke Park as a world-class stadium but, after I was paralysed from the chest down in 2012, I’ve realised how it falls short for wheelchair users.
# drawing a blank
Blind man attempts to draw things he's never seen
He’s probably better than some sighted people.
Opinion: Across Europe, equality is being obliterated by austerity
Social Europe is being destroyed. Will our EU 2014 candidates pledge commitment to fighting rising poverty, unemployment, inequality and social exclusion?
# Disability
No evidence of consent for use of restraints at Enable Ireland residential home
A HIQA inspection found the home was non-compliant across 18 different outcomes that it examined.
# inaccessible
Expert says disabled child's home needs overhaul - council says there's no money
Seven-year-old Kady Weakley has had a number of falls in her house as the walls and doors are too narrow for either her wheelchair or her walker.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s been talking about new taping revelations in the du Plantier murder case, the mass shooting in Texas… and Enda’s chess moves at Ryanair.
# Audit
HIQA report finds internal doors in disability care unit locked
The audit report on the Stewarts centre is just one of 12 published today into designated centres providing care for children, dependent people and people with disabilities
# Disability
It's been over a year - so what's happening with the Mobility Allowance?
The government said last year that it was to replace the scheme – but to date, nothing new has been announced.
# assistive tech
Samsung develops ultrasonic phone case which detects everything around it
The ultrasonic cover detects people and obstacles within a two meter radius, and alerts users to them by sending vibrations or audio cues.
# waiting time
Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process
The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.
# somebody to love
"We're all like you - we're all people": Irish documentary explores sexuality and disability
The experiences of married couples, new parents and young people navigating new relationships are all examined in this tender programme.
# somebody to love
Irish people talk about romance, sexuality and disability
“We’re all people”.
# Debate
Government accused of "pretending to support" Down syndrome support bill
The Government did not oppose Finian McGrath’s bill but TDs were concerned that it would get slowed down by Oireachtas committees.
Ex-New York police officers charged in 9/11 disability scam
More than 100 people were arrested, including 72 city police officers.
# Guide Dogs
Sligo garda raising funds for guide dog charity after mother's freak accident
Monica Wims lost her sight two years ago but her guide dog Guinness has given her back her independence.
# EasyJet
EasyJet in French court for refusing disabled passengers
In one of the cases involved, a woman who was travelling to her son’s funeral was not allowed to fly because she was unaccompanied.
# Health Care
TD calls for government response to suspensions at Stewarts Care
A number of staff have been suspended at the facility following allegations of abuse.
# Aodhán O'Riordáin
Outgoing CRC chief will not attend Oireachtas hearing on top-ups scandal
Brian Conlan tendered his resignation today and has said that he thinks his replacement should come from outside the CRC.
# going going gone
CRC chief quits in the midst of charity top-up scandal
Departing chief executive Brian Conlan did not receive any top-ups but his predecessor got a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €116,000.
# ignite
This man is turning fog horns, sirens and a cherry picker into performance art
Jez Colborne is the winner of one of the Arts & Disability Ireland’s lucrative commissions.
Column: ‘I was a regular teen who has unfortunately dealt a harder life than most’
Niamh n Ruarí was diagnosed with a disease that affects one in every 200,000 people, but is determined to re-educate society on the perceptions they have of those who are physically less fortunate.
# Courts
Mothers granted leave to challenge law on resource hours for children with Down Syndrome
The two mothers have been granted leave to challenge the current rules on resource hours for children with Down Syndrome in the High Court next month.
# luminosity
Jennifer Lawrence breaks barrier to speak to superfan with disability
You had us at hello, Jennifer. You had us at hello.
# Care Services
HIQA takes over regulation of residential disability services
For the first time, respite, residential and voluntary services will be independently inspected.
Column: Ireland has a postcode lottery for health
Good citizenship in conjunction with some collaborative working between communities and government could build better and healthier communities, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.
# Medical Cards
Disability Federation calls medical card review "worrying"
The head of a federation for people with disabilities says that the proposed review of medical cards will force people with disabilities from the labour market.
# Health
Still no news on Mobility Allowance replacement
It had been said that an inter-departmental group was due to submit a report on the issue this month.
Column: Cerebral palsy is a part of me – but it’s not all of me
Cerebral palsy just one piece of the thousand-piece jigsaw that is me. I love my life, my independence, my strength and my determination to live the way I want to, writes Jane Fennessy.
# Back To School
118 new classes to open for children with special needs
The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.
# Your Say
Poll: Should disability services be exempt from HSE budget cuts?
The HSE has committed to reducing costs nationally – but should disability services be exempt from cuts?