Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Inclusion Ireland News

Inclusion Ireland News

Inclusion Ireland hosted its annual conference and AGM at the Radisson Blu, Limerick, on 10 May 2014. Over 150 delegates were in attendance and attended three workshops. The workshops were all facilitated or supported by Inclusion Ireland staff and focussed on the following topics: Self Advocacy, HSE Reform Programme which covered, Progressing Children’s Disability Services, New Directions and Congregated Settings and the final workshop was on Assisted Decision Making...

News from Inclusion Ireland

Data released by the HSE shows waiting lists of over two years in some areas for therapy services such as occupational or speech and language therapy. Approximately 2090 children are waiting at least twelve months for occupational therapy...

News from Inclusion Ireland

No changes to social welfare entitlements for people with a disability or carers were announced in Budget 2014. Budget 2014 was announced by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin on 15 October. In advance of the Budget, Inclusion Ireland made a strong case that people with a disability and their families have been hit hard with cuts from every government department in recent years...

News from Inclusion Ireland

At the end of June, the Disability Rights Coalition Ireland (DRCI) held a briefing for TDs and Senators on issues affecting school leavers. Every year young adults leaving school and training who need further supports from disability services face an anxious and stressful summer as they wait to hear what, if any, service will be available for them. The DRCI briefing aimed to shift the focus of this debate, and to educate politicians on the many issues involved...

News from Inclusion Ireland

Two reports on Disability Allowance (DA) and Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) were commissioned following plans announced in the December 2011 Budget, which included proposed cuts to DA for young adults aged 18-24, and raising the qualifying age for DA from 16 to 18. Both proposals were paused pending reviews...

Music Matters Inclusive Community Choir

Music Matters Singers
These choirs have been proving to be a massive success in Dublin. The choirs emphasise the power of music to transcend differences such as disability, gender, age, education, sexual orientation, race, political affiliation, religious beliefs and economic status. Music Matters’ inclusive community choirs bring together people from all walks of life and unite local communities. Approximately 70% of their...

Inclusion News

A new training toolkit has been launched that aims to tackle workplace bullying of adults with an intellectual disability. It is aimed at employers, trainers and support staff. The project is called ‘Let me be Me’, and is funded by the European Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci fund...

News from Inclusion Ireland

Inclusion Ireland was one of many not-for-profit organisations that supported a yes vote in the recent Children’s Referendum. The Referendum was passed by a majority of 58 per cent on 10 November. Paddy Connolly, Inclusion Ireland CEO spoke in support of the referendum...

Ploughing new furrows in rural communities

Shiny new machinery, showers and mud, food stands and coffee bars with laughter and banter are all part of the spirit of the gathering which is the ‘National Ploughing Championships’. An abiding feature of this event, year in and out, in good times and tough times, is the celebration and camaraderie which characterise the people and way of life...

DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS CALL FOR ACTION ON SCHOOL LEAVERS

A number of disability organisations, including Inclusion Ireland, the National Parents and Siblings Alliance and Irish Autism Action, in addition to local organisations from the Midwest, came together to demand action for school leavers without post-school placements in July. A number of months ago, the HSE identified approximately 660 young adults with an intellectual disability and/or autism leaving school, who...