The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the behaviour(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: says certain services needed to change “radically and quickly”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Since late 2013, the State’s health watchdog’s inspections of disability homes have uncovered, in the words of its chief executive, some “regressive, (...)

A scene from the RTÉ documentary on the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo

An independent body should be established to provide oversight for residential disability services and address “decades of neglect” of people living i(...)

Cregg House: the facility for more than 100 adults with intellectual disabilities in Cregg, Rosses Point, Co Sligo, failed to comply with any Hiqa standards during five separate visits. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

Disability service providers, including the HSE, must change “radically and quickly” if the “regressive and neglectful” conditions in certain disabil(...)

Health authorities are to develop new guidelines on the use of powerful psychotropic medication. Photograph: Getty Images

Stronger oversight over the prescription of powerful psychotropic drugs for vulnerable patients is needed, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has said. (...)

Linda and her son Anthony Kletzander, who is in his early 20s and lives in a group home. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Maeve Kennedy was worried. Her brother Eamonn, who is mildly intellectually disabled, had just been admitted to hospital from the care centre where he(...)

More than half of people with learning disabilities living in residential centres are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Just over half of people with learning disabilities living in residential centres are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs which can be used (...)

People probably encounter workers with disabilities far more often than they realise. It’s just not as apparent as we might think it ought to be

When was the last time you were helped by an employee with a disability? Would you have known? Not necessarily.Is a disabled person somebody in a whee(...)

Inclusion Ireland analysed the first 50 inspection reports of residential services for people with disabilities drawn up by Hiqa last year. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State’s health watchdog may be helping to conceal abuse in care homes by failing to carry out comprehensive inspections, a report claims.The Healt(...)

Sheila Ryan, sister of Mary Garvan, who lives in Áras Attracta residential home in Swinford, Co Mayo

Organisations representing people with intellectual disabilities have called on the Government to appoint a confidential recipient to deal with abuse (...)