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Greystones Beach Access Mat

Greystones beach is now more accessible for wheelchairs and buggies with a new beach access mat!

 

The beach mat was provided by Greystones Municipal District with the assistance of Healthy Ireland funding from the Wicklow Local Sports Partnership.

 
Bray Autism Friendly Town

Bray is going to be the next Autism Friendly Town!

Are you involved in a business, club, or organisation that wants to become more inclusive?

To support this initiative, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 086 400 4700. You can also check out their Facebook page: @BrayAFTTeam

 
Paid work placements for graduates with disabilities

Ahead's WAM scheme offers paid work placements in major companies for graduates with a disability, specific learning difficulty or mental health difficulty.

Check out their current opportunities here: https://ahead.ie/currentopportunities

 

 
Irish Sign Language sessions

Would you like to learn some Irish sign language? Or do you already know a little but want to learn more?

Why not drop into one of RehabCare's interactive group sessions practising Irish sign language in a fun environment at Coffee Delights, Southern Cross Road, Bray, from 10-11am every Monday.

Contact Danielle on 086 858 3406 to find out more, or just turn up!

 
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 in the autumn 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.

 

 
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.

 

 
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Bray Autism Friendly Town

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Ahead's WAM scheme offers paid work placements in major companies...

Irish Sign Language sessions

Would you like to learn some Irish sign language? Or...

Disability Speed Lobby

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