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Pop up Picnic for young children with complex disabilities

Helium and Mermaid Arts Centre present Pop Up Picnic, a feast of multi-sensory play, relaxation and surprise for young children with complex needs and their families. A soothing world of music, sound, puppetry, movement and tactile fun. Suitable for children five and under with complex disabilities. Performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Attendance free but must be booked through the Mermaid. https://www.mermaidartscentre.ie/

 
Free concert using apps for musicians with a disability

Free concert 'Trees' - Whale Theatre, Greystones, at 2pm on Sunday 14th July 2019.

Embracing the talent of people with disabilities. New composition, with video illustration, about the mental healing power of experiencing an enriched environment. Performers will use the newest version of a group of apps to enable physically disabled musicians to compose and perform episodes.

Tickets are free and can be booked via The Whale. https://whaletheatre.ie/

 
Sunbeam House Services Golf Classic

Sunbeam House Golf Classic: Friday 12th July 2019 in Coollattin Golf Club, Shillelagh.

€200 for team of four players. Contact Martin on 086 047 1891

Proceeds will fund opportunities and facilities for service-users of Sunbeam House Services.

 
RehabCare Pop-Up Shop

RehabCare Bray is holding a pop-up shop at the Civic Centre in Bray (in front of the Mermaid) to sell high-quality craft pieces made by clients. Mon-Fri 1st-5th July 2019 from 10am-3.30pm.

 
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.

 
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