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# Disability

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# Equality
Department of Health 'illegally' put age limit on disability allowance
The Ombudsman found that the 66-year age limit on Mobililty Allowance Scheme for people with a severe disability has been illegal – and the department has known this for the past four years.
# Shame
Nasty Ann Coulter tweet gets ultimate smackdown
The most dignified response to the offence caused by the conservative US commentator is contained in a guest post on the Special Olympics blog…
# Disability Allowance
Burton 'playing politics with people's fears' over proposed disability cut
The Social Protection Minister has been advised of a proposal to cut disability allowance payments for under 18s in the forthcoming budget, the second leak in two weeks from her department.
# access
Train station lifts closed for over three months
The disabled access lifts in Balbriggan train station in North County Dublin are finally due to reopen today, three months after being vandalised.
# upcycling
Man spends 50 years building helicopter from rubbish
… And he’s not done yet.
Voices
Column: The personal assistant is so important, but government u-turn is no comfort
Disabled activist Rosaleen McDonagh outlines a brief history of the personal assistant and its importance and says the government u-turn is little comfort to those who protested overnight outside government buildings this week.
# U-turn
Cuts to personal assistant services will NOT take place
The Minister for Health has instructed the HSE to ‘continue to provide services to people in receipt of personal assistant services’ but protesters outside government buildings could continue through the night.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added four-card tricks
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
Voices
Read Me: 'I'm unique' - Joanne O'Riordan on a life without limbs
Joanne O’Riordan, who has Total Amelia, wants the world to know that people with disabilities can achieve their goals just like anyone else.
Voices
Column: ‘People speak to me like I’m ET’ – why social labelling is a problem
We need to change the way we view people with special needs, writes Adam Harris, who has Asperger Syndrome.
# Dementia
New initiative to divert people with dementia from institutional care launched
Genio, the charity heading up the project, says it hopes to provide those living with dementia with the option of living for longer within their own communities and having an improved quality of life.
# Disability Allowance
Willie O'Dea says Burton 'continues to mislead' over disability allowance cuts
Fianna Fáil TD said the Minister for Social Protection should be upfront about changes to criteria for the allowance and explain application refusals and delays.
# Disability cuts
FG mayor speaks out against disability cuts
Councillor Peggy Nolan said we should be looking at wastage in the HSE and addressing the problems from the top down.
# Bondholders
Paying €1.1bn to bondholders is con job says TD
Donnelly said paying off bondholders while the State cuts funds for disabled children is obscene.
# accessibility
€25k left unallocated for wheelchair-accessible taxis
Irish Wheelchair Association believes that, even with grant aid, VAT and VRT on accessible taxis and cabs are “prohibitively” high.
# Carers
In pictures: Burton confronted outside Dáil over domiciliary care allowance
Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisted that there are no plans to reduce the allowance paid to carers of severely disabled children amid fears that some families could lose out.
# Carers
Carers using respite grant to pay bills, rather than for actual respite
This week 77,000 full-time carers are due to receive an annual respite grant of €1,700, but it’s unlikely to be used for holidays.
# Job Shadow Day
Taoiseach joins employers taking part in national 'Job Shadow Day'
Enda Kenny is being shadowed by Cian O’Connor as part of a national programme for people in supported employment.
Voices
Column: I lost my leg but now I aim to make Irish amputee football history
Simon Baker was a plasterer until a workplace accident ultimately saw his leg amputated. Here he explains how he found new hope in amputee football – and is aiming to make Ireland a real contender in the sport.
# One Year In
TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Disability, carers
Kathleen Lynch is in charge of ensuring that the disabled and minorities are given a fair deal. How has she done so far?
# Awkward
London Olympic volunteers made to answer 'delicate' questions
Prospective volunteers for this summer’s event are required to undergo ‘sensitivity training’ ahead of its commencement.
Voices
Column: Disability cuts will change my life, and they don’t make financial sense
Living with cerebral palsy, Michael McCabe relies on assistance even to lift a glass to his mouth. Here he writes about the impact of cuts on his existence.
# Sick Pay
Employers warn that Burton's sick pay proposals will result in job losses
The Small Firms Association and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation have condemned the government’s plans to shift the burden of sick pay on to employers.
# disabilities
Enhanced support for people with disabilities announced
The Minister for Social Protection has announced two new initiatives aimed at enhancing the support offered to people with disabilities who are planning to take up employment or development opportunities.
Voices
Column: I’m jobless, so why am I excluded from JobBridge?
Laws that hinder parts of society from following their chosen career might remind us of the past – but they exist in Ireland today, writes Francis Dunne.
# Disability
Attitudes towards disabled more negative in past five years - report
The National Disability Authority has surveyed people’s attitudes to disability in 2011.
# Health
HSE to close 555 nursing home beds and cut hospital budgets
The HSE has outlined how it will save €750 million over the next 12 months.
# Greece
Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'
The expansion of the list of state-recognised disability categories to include paedophiles, kleptomaniacs and sadomasochists has concerned disability groups in Greece.
# Controversy
Blade Runner in combative mood ahead of World Championships
Oscar Pistorius has hit back at critics of his qualification for the 2011 Daegu World Championships, claiming Science supports his right to compete.
Voices
Column: When living with a disability, Ireland is a different country
People in wheelchairs literally see life from another perspective – and the view isn’t too pretty, writes author Corina Duyn.
LIVE
'Job Shadow' day to give people a foot in workplace door
Innovative project next Wednesday will see people with disabilities given a mentor for the day and a chance to explore different jobs.