Social distancing is bewildering, unnatural and distressing for young children, and communicates the idea that other people are a threat and to be feared.

Life or death has been the chief focus of State and society as we froze for more than two months, watching and counting in sorrow Covid-19’s ravaging (...)

The virus would spread through disability centres in the same way it did nursing homes ‘if the eye was taken off the ball.’ according to Enda Egan, chief executive of Inclusion Ireland. Photograph: iStock

The spread of coronavirus in residential disability centres was currently contained but the congregated living facilities had the “ingredients for dis(...)

 HSE chief operations officer Anne O’Connor  speaking in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Seventy-five long-term residential care facilities are dealing with category “red” outbreaks of coronavirus and facing problems such as serious staff (...)

 Helen Rochford Brennan said a key clause of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities had been deferred - deliberately. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“We are not lunatics” said longtime disability rights campaigner Helen Rochford Brennan who in 2012 was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease(...)

While 71 per cent of the general working-age population are at work this figures is just 31 per cent of people with a disability. Photograph: iStock

Poverty is the biggest issue for people with disabilities, a coalition of advocacy groups has said. Publishing its election manifesto on Thursday, t(...)

Through inaction, Ireland may be in breach of several international rights covenants as well as domestic and Constitutional law.

More than 2,000 people with intellectual disabilities are still living in institutional settings despite policy stating all should be closed by 2018, (...)

Parents and children in a protest over the lack of school access for children with special needs. Photograph: Fran Veale

In recent times many questions have been asked about how we treat school-age children and teenagers with special needs. There are children with speci(...)

Marguerite Wilson and son Jack (15). He has autism and was unable to get a place in secondary school for a year. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Back to school. For 15-year old Jack Wilson, these three words mean more than the return of school bells, lost stationary and early-morning commutes. (...)

Photograph: Getty

Schools are to be obliged to notify social services if they place pupils on shortened school days under new Department of Education rules aimed at res(...)

Minister for Education says use of reduced timetables to manage the behaviour of vulnerable pupils is ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

The use of reduced timetables to manage the behaviour of vulnerable pupils is “unacceptable” in an education system that promotes inclusion at its cor(...)

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