Past events


Texthelp hosting half-day seminar on digital accessibility and engagement in Dublin

Texthelp is hosting a half-day seminar on digital accessibility and engagement in Dublin City Centre* on Thursday, 26th April 2016 (1.30pm-4.00pm).

Texthelp provide software for people with reading and writing difficulties including the Browsealoud App that is used on the Inclusion Ireland website.

The event will discuss topics such as accessibility, citizen interaction and digital skills as well as an introduction to assistive software that can help to promote equality and inclusion.

There will be numerous speakers on the day including Inclusion Ireland’s Communications & Information Officer Cormac Cahill who will be making a presentation about accessible information.

The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in improving productivity and engagement including HR managers, diversity and inclusion officers, communication or engagement managers etc.

More information

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015

Inclusion Ireland organised information sessions on Making a Will for persons with intellectual disabilities or support needs to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, December 3rd

The information sessions took place in Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 between 12.00pm-2.00pm.  

This was an opportunity to meet a solicitor, talk about making a will and arrange to have the Will made in a follow-up meeting.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.  

The theme for 2015 was 'Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities'.

Download Making a Will on December 3rd information poster.

Information on Making a Will

Information on International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015

Áras Attracta Review Group - October & November 2015

The Áras Attracta Review Group published a consultation document on Friday, July 31st 2015 called ‘Building Confidence, Improving Lives, Delivering Change’.

The Áras Attracta Review Group is now looking to get feedback from persons with intellectual disabilities who are currently living in residential care homes across Ireland.

A total of 13 discussion groups will be taking place throughout Ireland in October and November and Inclusion Ireland will be facilitating these sessions.

If you would like more information on the focus groups for persons with disabilities that are currently living in residential care homes then please contact Inclusion Ireland on (01) 8559891 or email

That’s a RAP

This is a five-week rap and performance pilot project for people with intellectual disabilities.

Developed by axis:Ballymun in association with Music Matters, this exciting new youth arts project will give young people with intellectual disabilities (15-27 years) the opportunity to dive into the world of Hip Hop and rap by working with the well-known professional hip-hop artist and poet, Tempermental Miss Elayneous.

Participants will also have the chance to showcase all they have learned at this year’s LiFT Youth Arts Festival in April.

Music Matters' Grainne O' Grady (Musical Director) will attend the rehearsals as a support worker, while the workshops will be facilitated by Tempermental Miss Elayneous herself.

Rehearsals will take place in axis Theatre in Ballymun on Tuesdays. We have not yet confirmed the workshop times, as we want to find a time suitable to everyone wanting to get involved. Transport will need to be arranged. 

The first workshop will take place on Tuesdays 17th February.

Note: Participants need to be suitable to learn rap i.e. must have language capabilities and we would ideally like a balance of guys and girls for this project.

Places are limited so please register the names and contact details of anyone interested before 10th February, by emailing or texting Grainne on 087 9803020. Please give Grainne a call on that number for further information.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3rd, 2014

The Inclusion Ireland self-advocacy committee made a powerful presentation ‘Change the law on relationships for people with disabilities – we have a right to have intimate relationships’ before the matinee performance of 'Sanctuary' at the Liberty Hall Theatre last Wednesday.

The presentation at 11.30am marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The speakers were introduced by Adrian Noonan, who is the PRO for the self-advocacy committee and also for Seasamh, and included Brian Hayes who is the chairperson of the self-advocacy committee, the chairperson of Seasamh and the National Platform for self-advocates and Maria Wolfe, who is a self-advocate from Galway who has been advocating for the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities for the last decade.

Phil Davey, the chairperson of the Connect People Network Social group, has been involved with self-advocacy for 20 years and is also board member of Inclusion Ireland, was the next person to speak and was then followed by Rob Hopkins from the Clare Inclusive Research group that are a part of the Irish Research Network (IRN).

The presentation was very powerful and received a great response from a packed audience.

The Inclusion Ireland self-advocacy committee also marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by meeting with Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD and Senator Mary Moran to discuss equality and the self-advocacy movement at Dail Eireann on Thursday.

‘Sanctuary’ highlights a little-known law which impacts on the lives of unmarried persons with an intellectual disability and seeks to prevent them from having healthy, intimate relationships.

The legal situation regarding relationships for people with intellectual disabilities remains confused under current laws.

The 1993 Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act criminalises sexual intercourse with certain people, including some people with intellectual disability. However, legislation does not criminalise sexual intercourse among people who are married.

National Disability Platform sets out future goals

The National Disability Platform of Self-Advocates have set out their goals for the next three years after holding a two-day planning meeting in Dublin last Sunday and Monday, WRITES ADRIAN NOONAN.

The goals that have been set are the following: To create an independent organisation; find and manage funding; not rely on other organisations to look after the money; look into letting office space and office equipment; hire and train staff; create a logo; and have company identification.

The National Platform want to promote the organisation by trying to reach as many people as possible whethere that’s on Facebook and Twitter.

During the two-day meeting, the organisation also discussed the ambition of being invited to conferences and having interviews with national and local radio stations, newspapers and television.

Advertising the Platform's events in newspapers and hiring a PR company to help them organise these events was brought up during the discussion.

Road shows to other disability organisations were also discussed as was getting people with disabilities to become members and discuss important matters such as social housing, transport, medical cards and relationships to name but a few.

A possible link-up with Solas was also discussed and their partners regarding training and securing jobs for people disabilities and getting work experience.

Further information

Inclusion Ireland training web page

Inclusion Ireland events section