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Rabbitte, Anne

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Disability Support Services

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working together across ...More Button

All day service locations with the exception of those being utilised as COVID-19 Isolation or testing centres have reopened since August.

   There are currently 7 day servi...More Button

The Deputy refers to the motion put before the previous (32nd) Dail that seeks to ensure that the Government signs the optional protocol of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons wit...More Button

Regarding the signing of the optional protocol, the Department of Justice had recommended that the Government would not consider opting into the Optional Protocol until the first reporting cycle ...More Button

Regarding the provision of Personal assistance services for people with Disabilities, the Deputy will be aware that the area of disability services is a priority area for this Government. To supp...More Button

The Government is working to ensure that People with Disabilities be allowed to live an independent life of their own choosing, the same as any other person, and this is consistent with the disab...More Button

The HSE provides a range of assisted living services including Personal Assistant (PA) services to support individuals to maximise their capacity to live full and independent lives.More Button

Personal Assistance Services are accessed through an application process or through referrals from public health nurses or other community based staff. Individual’s needs are evaluated against th...More Button

Resource allocation is determined by the needs of the individual, compliance with prioritisation criteria, and the level of resources available. It is important to note that the level of service ...More Button

In line with Government policy, the HSE provides Personal Assistant Services that are person-centred, equitable and transparent to people with a physical and/or sensory disability. More Button

People with disabilities are now living longer and living with a range of complex needs. In line with national policy implemented under Transforming Lives, the focus in recent years has been to e...More Button

The PA works on a one to one basis, in the home and the community, with a person with a physical or sensory disability. A vital element of this personalised support is the full involvement of the...More Button

Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in March 2018 as a process of progressive realisation of the rights that people with disabilitie...More Button

Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states thatMore Button

- disabled people should live where they wish and with whom they wish;More Button

- they should enjoy a range of community support services including personal assistance;More Button

- they should enjoy community life and its opportunities on an equal basis to non-disabled people; andMore Button

- they should not be subject to isolation or segregation.More Button

The PA service provided by the HSE adheres to these principles. The Programme for Government, cognisant of these principles, agreed to deliver further increased Personal Assistance hours.More Button

In the normal course of service delivery, an individual's requirements are constantly reviewed to ensure services meet changing need. An individual’s Personal Assistant hours may be adjusted fol...More Button

This much needed flexibility gives local Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) the freedom to target Personal Assistant hours to maximum effect within their area. More Button

Beyond the clear policy and operational arrangements, which I have outlined, and which facilitate the availability of appropriate and growing levels of Personal Assistant support, I have no plans...More Button

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working together ...More Button

All day service locations with the exception of those being utilised as COVID-19 Isolation or testing centres have reopened since August.

   There are currently 7 day servi...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

Respite Care Services

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

  Questions Nos. 293 and 294 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Legislative Measures

The Disability Act (2005) has been commenced in full except for Part 2 which makes provision foran Assessment of Need, this section was commenced for children aged under the age of 5 in June 2007....More Button