Inclusion News

Inclusion Ireland hosts successful 'Tools for Independent Living' seminar in Dublin


Over one hundred parents, service providers, individuals, family members and policy makers attended Inclusion Ireland’s ‘Tools for Independent Living Seminar’ at the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 on Wednesday, September 14th.

Professor Errol Cocks spoke about his Individualised Supported Living (ISL) model and the evidence base that underpins this model.  He addressed a number of themes in his presentation such as the role of individualised funding in independent living; the importance of research and evaluation; and the role of families and advocacy organisations.independent_living

Molly O’Keeffe from Possibilities Plus talked about the journey towards a self-directed life through individualised funding. She spoke about her experience in setting up an individual supported living arrangement with her sister, Fran; the role of individualised funding in this; the role of families; and the positive aspects and the challenges of independent living.

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aras_attractaIndependent Report of the Áras Attracta (McCoy) Review Group published

The HSE published the Independent Report of the Áras Attracta (McCoy) Review Group on Tuesday, September 6th.

The HSE commissioned the McCoy Review Group to undertake an independent review of the quality of care being provided in Áras Attracta following the Prime Time broadcast ‘Inside Bungalow 3’ by RTE in December 2014.

The findings of the Review Group are presented over a series of three reports: ‘What Matters Most’; ‘Time for Action’; and ‘Start Listening To Us’.

Following the publication of the reports, Inclusion Ireland called on Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD to guarantee the closure of institutions for people with an intellectual disability over a five-year period.

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dublin_airportDublin Airport opens fully accessible Changing Places toilet facility in Terminal 1

A new fully accessible Changing Places toilet facility has been opened by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in Terminal 1.

The new installation includes a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, full room coverage ceiling tracking hoist system and sufficient space both sides of the toilet for transfers.

This facility is open to all members of the public and visitors to Dublin Airport and is located on the ground floor in the arrivals area beside the information desk. Full access is available to the toilet and there is currently no requirement for a key or a card.

In addition to the new facility that has been opened in Dublin Airport, there are now fully accessible Changing Places facilities in Áras an Uachtaráin, Trinity College Dublin and the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick.

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flagsInclusion Ireland welcomes indication that UNCRPD will be ratified by Christmas

Inclusion Ireland has welcomed the indication from the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath TD, that Ireland will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) by Christmas.

Despite signing the Convention in March 2007, Ireland is now the only EU country that has failed to ratify the Convention after the Netherlands and Finland ratified it earlier this year.

Full commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, which was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins last December, has been identified as a key legislative requirement for Ireland being able to deliver on the provisions of the UNCRPD.

Inclusion Ireland believes that Tánaiste and Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Health Simon Harris must issue a clear timescale for the commencement of the Capacity Act.

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changing_placesChanging Places Ireland submission to Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Inclusion Ireland has made a submission based on our Changing Places Ireland campaign to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s new Statement of Strategy for 2017-2019.

The Changing Places Ireland campaign, which aims to introduce fully accessible toilets to public places such as shopping centres, libraries and sporting arenas around Ireland, was established in 2014.

Changing Places facilities are different from mainstream accessible toilets in that they include both a hoist and a height-adjustable changing bench. They have been designed to put health, safety and dignity concerns of the person with a disability and the carer to the fore.

The Statement of Strategy for 2017-2019 is a key policy document that will define the strategic direction, high level goals and objectives on which the Department will focus over the coming years.

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