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Release date: Friday, 17th July 2020

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Inclusion Ireland to tell Oireachtas Committee that urgent supports are necessary for people with intellectual disabilities

Since mid-March many health and social care services, including disability day services have closed to people with intellectual disabilities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Inclusion Ireland’s recent report on the closure of Day Services;

Release date: Wednesday, 8th July 2020

 

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Inclusion Ireland raises concerns around the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities due to the closure of disability services

Release date: Wednesday, 8th July 2020

For immediate release 02/07/2020

Inclusion Ireland raises concern as people continue to be stripped of rights through outdated Lunacy Legislation

Inclusion Ireland is gravely concerned at the number of people who have been made Ward of Court since 2015 when the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act was passed. According to figures released today (02/07/2020) by the Mental Health Commission, there have been 1,250 people made Wards since the 2015 Act was passed.

Release date: Thursday, 4th June 2020

Inclusion Ireland calls on Minister for Health Simon Harris to introduce a Covid-19 fund for people with disabilities and their support services

At our meeting with Minister for Health Simon Harris today (03/06/2020), Inclusion Ireland called for the introduction of a Covid-19 fund to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families as services reopen.

Release date: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Inclusion Ireland to seek urgent updates form Minister Harris at meeting on Wednesday June 3rd on the number of people with disabilities who have contracted Covid 19 in residential settings.

Inclusion Ireland, the national organisation representing Irelands 66,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families will meet with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD on Wednesday June 3rd at 2pm. The meeting will discuss the priority needs of people with intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Release date: Friday, 15th May 2020

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Inclusion Ireland requests to appear before the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response

Inclusion Ireland has written to Michael McNamara, TD, the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response to discuss the significant issues experienced at present by people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Release date: Tuesday, 12th May 2020

Inclusion Ireland is gravely concerned about the education of children with intellectual disabilities and autism during the COVID-19 crisis.

In the past week (April 30 – May 7) Inclusion Ireland conducted a survey of parents of children with disabilities who are trying to home educate. 733 parents responded.

Children with intellectual disabilities and autism are missing school a lot. For children with complex behaviour and medical needs home education is very difficult or non-existent, despite the best efforts of parents and teachers.

Release date: Tuesday, 5th May 2020

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Inclusion Ireland welcomes new guidelines on ethical decision-making in clinical care

Inclusion Ireland welcomes the new supplementary guidelines issued by the Department of Health on ethical decision-making in clinical care settings. The guidelines – ‘Ethical Considerations Critical Care: Supplementary Information’ - have been published after concerns were raised by Inclusion Ireland and the wider disability community regarding the wording of parts of documents previously published by the Department.

Release date: Monday, 27th April 2020

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Inclusion Ireland holds very constructive meeting on disability issues with Minister for Health Simon Harris

Inclusion Ireland says today’s meeting (27/04/2020) with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath, on the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities regarding COVID-19, was very constructive.

Ministers Harris and McGrath have given information and assurances on the following points:

Release date: Sunday, 26th April 2020

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Inclusion Ireland to meet Minister Simon Harris on Monday 27th April

Inclusion Ireland, the national organisation representing Irelands 66,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families will meet with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD on Monday 27th April at 10am. The meeting will discuss issues of deep concern to one of the most vulnerable and isolated group of people in Irish society, the people living in institutional settings.

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