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Leinster Rugby Inclusion Camps

The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Inclusion Camps provide children with all disabilities aged between six and 15 with a fun-filled three days of rugby during the summer holidays.

The camps are focused on adapting rugby to meet the needs of camp-goers to maximise enjoyment and learning to play the Leinster Way.

Find out more here: https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/camps/inclusion-camps/

 
WAM work placements for graduates with a disability

The WAM Programme offers graduates with a disability the chance to undertake 6-month paid mentored work placements with high profile Irish employers such as the Civil Service, Dell, ESB, Abbott Ireland and many more.

Check out current WAM vacancies on the Ahead website. Ahead are the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability and their website has lots of useful information for people with a disability on accessing college, in-college supports and looking for work. 

 
Disability Speed Lobby

A ‘speed lobby’ event put on by Bray Area Partnership's Disability Network on 3rd May gave local people with disabilities the chance to meet Local Election candidates for Bray and Greystones, talk to them about the issues that affect their lives, and find out what candidates would do about them if they were elected.

The event was put on in conjunction with the Disability Federation of Ireland’s #DisabilityVotesCount campaign, with Sunbeam House Services kindly providing the space in their Taylor Centre.

Using an innovative rotating 'speed lobby' format, candidates spent 15 minutes at  each table answering questions tabled by people with disabilities involved in local disability groups and services. They also got the chance to sign a pledge to support the DFI’s Local Election Manifesto #DisabilityVotesCount.

Issues for people with disabilities raised on the day included lack of employment and training opportunities; the need for more housing and independent living facilities, better public transport, more disabled car parking spaces and pedestrian crossings, and free mental health education and counselling. Candidates were also asked would they carry out access audits in towns to highlight the difficulties people with disabilities face in getting around.

There will be a follow-up meeting with elected councillors to check on any progress they have made in addressing these issues.

The DFI’s #DisabilityVotesCount campaign asks local election candidates to make sure all local public services are open and accessible for people who have a disability, that people with disabilities participate on local decision-making structures, and that every local authority publishes an implementation plan for the UN CRPD by 2020.

 

 
National Conference for Students Living with Disabilities

The National Conference for Students Living With Disabilities take place from 10am-5pm on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commision, 16-22 Green St. Rotunda, Dublin 7.

The event is organised by the Union of Students in Ireland and AHEAD.

This conference is aimed at students living with disabilities and will provide a space for students to inform the work of their national union, offer feedback on challenges and opportunities and network among other students.

This event is for any student who identifies as having a disability and student representatives that who work with students living with disabilities.

COSTS: USI are covering venue hire, speaker costs, and lunch for the event.

CONTENT: Through a variety of workshops and speakers, the conference will highlight how to remove barriers and increase opportunities in the student and life experience of people living with disabilities.

- PART 1:
The first half of the day will include round table discussions asking key questions surrounding the
experience of students with disabilities in education.
Participants will be able to discuss their experiences in a group dynamic, and feed back to the Students’ Unions, USI and AHEAD, on what their observations are.

- PART 2:
The second half of the day will focus on sharing experiences through panel discussions with people living with disabilities who have experience in leadership and activism. The panelists will speak to the participants and address questions in the area of disclosing their disabilities and requirements in their classroom, their workplace and their social situations. Panelists will discuss how they have become activists and advocates for people within their communities who are living with disabilities and how activism has many different forms.

Register HERE.

 
Free inclusion and accessibility training for pre-schools

Up to 1,150 free training places are being made available to pre-school practitioners to ensure their pre-school services are inclusive and accessible to children with disabilities.

Applications opened on 4 March 2019 for the fourth intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for pre-school practitioners which will commence this September. The LINC programme is a key initiative under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) for pre-school children. The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 4th April, 2019.

The LINC programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It is delivered by a consortium, led by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University’s Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education.

For more information, see: https://lincprogramme.ie/ 

 
New N. Wicklow out of hours GP service

North Wicklow's new out of hours GP service will start from 2nd April 2019, from St. Columbcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown.

The HSE will be providing more information nearer to the date.

 
DFI elections campaign

The Disability Federation of Ireland is running a campaign to make disability a top priority for candidates in the Local and European Parliament Elections on the 24th May.

They have a range of actions you can take if you care about disability issues - such as:

 

  • Use their email tool to contact your local candidates. 
  • Arrange for your local club, branch, organisation to bring up disability issues with candidates.
  • Organise a Q & A event with candidates.
  • Attend other events where candidates are speaking and ask questions.
  • If you meet a candidate out and about, or if they come knocking on your door, ask them what they will do about disability issues.
  • Contact your local papers and radio stations to raise disability issues before the elections. 
  • Get the disability facts for your county via their website and raise awareness.
  • Get on social media using #DisabilityVotesCount to follow and contribute to the campaign:
  • on Twitter @DisabilityFed and on Facebook @DFIIreland.

Find out more about their campaign and how you can support it HERE.

 

 
Arts & Disability Connect funding open for applications

Arts and Disability #Connect is now live! Guidelines and application forms are online www.adiarts.ie/connect

Artists with disabilities are invited to apply for 
New Work €8,000
Mentoring €2,000
Training €1,000

Deadline 8 April 2019 at 4pm

 
People With Disabilities Face Discrimination in Housing

Lone mothers, people with disabilities, young people and Travellers are the main groups facing the highest levels of discrimination and inequality when it comes to housing in Ireland, according to research published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and ESRI on 15th June 2018.

You can read the report by clicking here.

 

 
ADHD Parent Support meetings Bray

Do you have a child - or are you an adult - who has been diagnosed with ADHD?

At these Bray support meetings you will get the chance to discuss issues and resources available in your home life or your child's school life.

Initial drop-in meeting: Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 7-8.30pm in the Martello Hotel, 47 Strand Road, Bray.

Register interest at HADD/ADHD - Ph: 874 8349  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
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