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Mei Lin Yap’s latest article details her new Disability Inclusion & Advocacy Society in Trinity College, Dublin.

My name is Mei Lin Yap and I am a young woman with an intellectual disability. I have teamed up with a fellow Trinity graduate, Margaret Turley, to start a Society in Trinity College Dublin. I met Margaret on a lecturing project in Trinity College in which we were both involved.

Disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan led a massive demonstration on the Rights of People with Disabilities to Dail Eireann, Dublin on March 30th 2017…

Joann O'Riordan

Disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan, with representatives of more than 100 disability organisations nationwide, led a public demonstration in Dublin on Thursday, March 30th 2017, seeking to highlight the 10-year anniversary of Ireland's failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The current policy and programmatic environment in Ireland is transitional, as Ireland begins preparations for a major shift away from congregate service models towards more individualised and socially inclusive options for lifestyle and other supports for persons with disabilities. Some of that shift, in the form of an ongoing systematic transformation of service models, has already taken place in a relatively small number of Irish agencies.

This article explores the experiences of participants of an Independent Living Skills Group: what they learned; how they learned it; and why decision making is so important in the context of the current Irish disability climate.

Before you leave the house every day, you have already made numerous decisions. You have chosen when to get up, you have chosen whether or not to brush your teeth, you’ve chosen what to wear, and you’ve chosen what to eat for breakfast. Without realising, you have made a significant amount of decisions.

Fran, Molly and Nuala detail a life of struggle, the achievement of home ownership and getting to the stage of independence with the aid of focused services and individualized funding…

Fran and Molly

As a thirty-five-year-old woman I’m about to celebrate my first year as a home owner. I now have a front door and a place that reflects who I am. A place I call my own. Most importantly I have a home that allows me to feel safe and to grow as a person....

On 30th May 2016, over 200 people attended a seminar entitled ‘Personal Budgets’ hosted by Inclusion Ireland and Down Syndrome Ireland. It was in the context of the commitment in the new programme for government to set up a task force for Ireland to move forward to give people with disabilities the choice of a personal budget. The new Minister for State with responsibility for Disability was in attendance. At the moment, almost all funding in Ireland goes to traditional services.

Good morning all, thank you to Paddy and the team at Inclusion Ireland for organising today’s event and the invitation to speak with you today. My name is Avril Webster and I am here on behalf of our son Stephen who is 18 and leaving school next month. I am here today to talk about choice....