Disability service on financial life support

Around 3,000 vulnerable people with disabilities, including 200 children, rely on the services of RehabCare but it no longer has the money to keep operating, writes Mo Flynn.

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Access to justice for people with intellectual disabilities: Are our courts ready?

One summer evening when John* was 19, he went to a pub to watch the Irish football team playing in the European Championships. He had never been in that pub before and was accompanied by a male relative, writes Jane O'Sullivan

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New initiative launched to help children with disabilities

A new initiative has been launched in Dublin by Plan International and UNESCO Chair IT Tralee to help children with disabiliteis to join in everyday activities including playing sport.

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90% of people with disabilities feel they do not have enough access to public transport - survey

One in four respondents said that access to transport ‘always’ limits their independence.

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Call for wheelchair-friendly bus service in Cork

Representatives of the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Bus Éireann are to be invited to meet Cork County Council to discuss ways that all bus services in the county can be made wheelchair-friendly.

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Vulnerable people left fall through the cracks

A quarter of the country’s disabled population lives in poverty, while 42% of applications for disability allowance made in 2018 were rejected. It’s unacceptable, writes Joan O’Donnell.

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Disability allowance refusals rise, but 70% of appeals granted

New figures show that while there was a rise in the percentage of applications turned down for disability allowance last year, almost 70% of appeals were then upheld.

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New committee to oversee disability rights

The country’s first ever statutory advisory committee to support monitoring of Ireland’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will begin work today with the official appointment of 11 members.

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Reader's Blog: We have failed our people with disabilities

We certainly need a rights culture in terms of basic human rights for the disabled.

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Irish Guide Dogs: Science helps make the perfect pup match but the human factor is key to success

While every charity relies heavily on the public’s generous donations to fund its services, the Irish Guide Dogs also needs an army of volunteers every year to help with the breeding and raising of its puppies. Susan O’Shea met some of those involved.

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New measure means disabled can earn €22k a year before losing medical card

The Government has announced a new measure that makes it easier for people with disabilities to enter the workforce.

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Charity begins at home for Dogs for the Disabled

They’ve done time in prison and had foster families help hone their social skills, but there’s nothing troubling about the dogs that emerge from this upbringing.

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Report finds people with disabilities experience more discrimination than those without

People with disabilities continue to go through higher levels of discrimination compared to those without.

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Deaf campaigners slam axing of signed broadcast

Deaf campaigners have given RTÉ the red card for axing a signed broadcast of the national anthem before Sunday’s All-Ireland football final despite the presence of an on-pitch signer.

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Disabled forced to pick fuel or food

People with a disability are skipping meals, cutting back on heating, and going without medicine due to financial struggles.

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Transport group appointments aim to improve accessibility for disabled

Transport Minister Shane Ross said that people with disabilities have been restricted to expressing their views and needs in the media.

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Ireland needs root-and-branch reform of how State agencies support the disabled - Report

A report by three combined Oireachtas committees has found that Ireland needs a root-and-branch reform of how State agencies support people with disabilities.

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Limerick parents 'begging' for help to upgrade home for disabled son

The case of a Limerick couple who are “begging” for financial assistance to adapt their home to suit the needs of their seriously disabled son, is expected to be raised in the Dáil next week.

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Disability groups warn that UN convention needs to be backed up with action

Disability groups are warning the government that ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities needs to be backed up with action.

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Latest: McGrath to present draft bill which will put Ireland step closer to ratifying UN disability rights treaty

Latest: The Minister with responsibility for Disability says he will present a draft bill to cabinet this week which will put Ireland a step closer to ratifying the UN disability rights treaty.

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Disability campaigners resume Dáil protest

A protest by disability campaigners is resuming outside the Dáil this morning.

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