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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Disability

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# 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?
# Disability Services
HSE cuts €1 million from St Michael’s House budget
The disability services organisation has introduced a series of service cuts as a result of the funding decision.
# Cashel
The town that proves accessibility IS for all (even with no budget)
Cashel is a heritage town that has seen the whole community come on board to improve accessibility.
# Disability Services
Disability Federation of Ireland hits out at Lynch letter to parents
A letter sent to parents in Galway says that some school leavers with intellectual disabilities will be offered places that will not “fully address requirements”.
# legless in dublin
Is your town or city accessible to all? You might be surprised…
A new blog looks at what is accessible for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility.
# criminal damage
Youths in dumper truck damage grounds of special needs school
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred yesterday evening, to contact them.
# Dublin
Disability access for Garden of Remembrance to be addressed
A decision on a proposed Journey of Light memorial could pave the way for a universally accessible Garden of Remembrance.
# Special Needs
Working-class boys with special needs most likely to hate school
The research found that children with educational difficulties dislike school more than those with physical disabilities or speech deficiencies.
Column: Tackling the taboo – relationships, sexuality and disability
The discussion of intellectual disabilities and sexuality is not easy. Although families may be aware and supportive, many don’t know how to navigate this territory. It’s a subject that demands awareness, writes Petal Pilley.
Column: My girls are entirely dependent on others – how will we cope with care cuts?
A father of two girls, both with disabilities, says cutting the much-needed day support will make it difficult – if not impossible – for his family to cope.
# Disability
Mother: Cuts to my teen's day care will make me a prisoner in my own home
Young adults approaching the age of 18 will have no place in Stewarts Hospital in Dublin come September.
# disabilities
Mixed reaction to National Disability Strategy implementation plan
The Disability Federation of Ireland welcomed the plan, but said that there are a number of areas where it falls short.
# Disability
HSE to temporarily pay mobility allowance to 'prevent hardship'
It has also decided that new statutory provisions will be established to provide individual payments to people with severe disabilities for their mobility needs.
# Ireland in numbers
13 things we learned from the CSO's new 'quality of life' data
The CSO has published a wide-ranging document, covering everything from household waste to penalty points.
Column: I'm a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate
Tracey Holsgrove explains the agony of contemplating how to proceed with her pregnancy after learning of her baby’s condition – and why she is a firm pro-choice advocate.
# scrutiny
Watchdog to inspect disability centres for the first time
There are around 9,500 people living in residential centres around the country – and this is the first time the centres will be subject to independent scrutiny.
Column: At 18, I felt invincible but a sudden accident left me paralysed from the neck down
Stephen Cluskey suffered an accident that left him paralysed from the neck down at the tender age of 18. Eleven years on, he explains how he learned to adapt to a new way of life and set up his own business.
# Mount Everest
Boy, 15, becomes first teen with Down's Syndrome to reach Everest base
Eli Reimer is the first person with his condition to reach the base camp, which is 5,364 metres above sea level.
# Mental Health
Over 3,000 episodes of physical restraint in mental health centres in 2011
A new report said there has been a year-on-year increase in the use of physical restraint.
# Discrimination
Dublin nightclub apologises 'unreservedly' for treatment of wheelchair user
Madison nightclub in central Dublin says a doorman who refused entry to a wheelchair user has been dismissed.
# United Kingdom
British councillor who said disabled children 'should be put down' quits
Collin Brewer says he will continue to apologise for the “flippant” remarks and says he will live with “continual regret” for having made them.
# mobility allowance
Kelleher: Dept of Health ringfence claim "strikes fear into me"
He made the comment while questioning Minister Kathleen Lynch on the axing of the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant.
# Disability
At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the department received 4,339 claims for domiciliary care allowance in 2012.
# Disability
People with disability 'more likely to experience workplace discrimination'
A new study shows only 36 per cent of people with disabilities are active in the labour market, less than half the rate for others.
Column: Assisted suicide ruling will be a landmark for Ireland
A terminally ill MS patient is due to learn whether she be allowed to die with the assistance of her partner, writes Sharon O’Connor.
# Careers
€150k fund to support artists with disabilities or mental health problems
The fund, which is being run by the Rehab Group, will help people to pursue careers in the arts over the next five years.
# Health
People are living longer - but spending more time ill or injured
That is according to the largest ever study on global disease, which also shows that fewer children are dying every year from diseases such as malnutrition.
# Carers
Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut
A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.
# Disability
Ombudsman: Department of Health is disregarding the law
Emily O’Reilly was speaking about the department’s decision not to remove age limits on allowances for people with severe disability.
# Oireachtas agenda
Oireachtas agenda: Health insurance, European jobs and new abortion law?
This evening James Reilly will lead Dáil statements on the report of the Expert Group into the A, B and C ruling.
Column: I hid my disability at work – nobody should have to do that
Caroline Casey describes how she was forced to come clean about her eyesight – and her campaign to ensure others aren’t defined by a disability.
# assisted living
New app to save time and money for Irish Wheelchair Association
The app allows personal assistants to access timesheets and work schedules on smartphones and facilitates realtime workflow management, reducing costs.
# Protest
In pics: March on the Dáil for disability access
Thousands took to the streets in Dublin to demand equal rights – and no cuts in resources – for those with disabilities.
# disability rights
5,000 march to Leinster House in demand for greater disability rights
People with disabilities showed the government a red card at a national protest today in Dublin.
# Disability
13 per cent of population have a disability - CSO
Census figures also showed that over 56,000 disabled people aged over 65 lived alone.