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100 Turn out in Ennis for #ability2access with Bobby Kerr

Last week we hosted 100 people in Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis for the second in our series of #ability2access events which discuss the issues affecting people with disabilities.

Watch our interview with Bobby Kerr who chaired the event.

Watch our interview with Siobhan Mungovan, Author of Me & My Backbone.

Watch our interview with Ann Norton of Clare Crusaders.

 

 

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Bobby Kerr Chairs FREE Seminar on #ability2access in Ennis

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr will chair an information seminar addressing issues affecting people with disabilities in the West. It takes place in Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis on Wednesday 19th November and we would like to invite you and your friends along.

“Equality for All. No Matter of Age or Ability” will take place from 7.00pm – 9.30pm and is FREE to attend.

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The event will see a number of speakers including people with disabilities discuss access to healthcare, independent living support, access to education, physical access to public and private buildings, disability hate crime and community-based services.

Speakers include:

Click here to Register for the event

Contact us with any queries
Email: clare@bluebirdcare.ie
Call: 065 686 8222

‘Waiting Four Hours in the Rain for a Wheelchair Taxi Inspired Me to Act’

Here is an article from thejournal.ie on Stephen Closkey of Wheelchairtaxi.ie. Bluebird Care are proud supporters of Wheelchairtaxi.ie.

A DUBLIN MAN who advised the Government on a new wheelchair accessible taxi scheme says he felt compelled to do something to tackle the lack of available vehicles after an incident in the city centre four years ago, when he was left stranded for four hours.

Stephen Closkey, from Swords, said he was left waiting “freezing” in the rain at the side of the road three years ago after a cab he had booked for 2am failed to show up.

He ended up having to call his parents to come pick him up.

“It left me in bed for a few days sick,” Closkey told reporters at the launch of the new grant scheme yesterday.

Keen to help others inconvenienced by similar experiences, Closkey went on to set up the website wheelchairtaxi.ie, which provides transport listings for the entire country.

You can search any area of Ireland, and you’ll find wheelchair-accessible transport in your area. We’ve got taxis, we’ve got mini-bus hire, we’ve car hire, even a few wheelchair accessible fishing boats.

He was appointed to the Government’s Taxi Advisory Committee last year, and has since been providing input on a range of issues, including the initiative announced by Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly yesterday.

It’s hoped the scheme will boost the number of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in the country’s taxi fleet by around 200, to 1,060. Opening to applicants from early next month, it will provide €1 million in grant funding for drivers who want to buy a new accessible taxi, or upgrade their current one.

Closkey described the scheme as a “good start”.

At the moment we’ve two wheelchair accessible taxis in the entire of Tipperary. So when you’re looking at statistics like that, you’ve a long way to go.

He said he hoped his contribution to the taxi advisory panel would help “keep the issue at the forefront”.

Now 30, Closkey suffered a spinal cord injury 12 years ago that left him paralysed from the neck down, when he fell from a hay bale. He said he also suffered from other “knock on” effects as a result of the injury, including pressure sores, kidney infections, spasms.

Autism Awareness Month: “Diversity is the Tapestry of Life”

The entire month of April is dedicated to autism awareness and to help the campaign Bluebird Care will publish a number of supporting blog posts.

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There are quite a number of myths around the Autism Spectrum. Here we share the http://www.autismbubbleday.com/ infographic.

There are also some facts that you should know about Autism also illustrated below.

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Here is a free pack created as a tool to use to help raise awareness of autism, download yours from –http://www.autismbubbleday.com/

Sources: Irish Autism Action