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Giving it socks: Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and Brandon Nolan Burke (11) at the launch of TK Maxx’s Christmas Sock Day #Socksie in aid of Enable Ireland

Of all the commentary regarding Gaelic football’s experimental playing rules, one particular line of attack on the GAA piqued Jack McCaffrey’s interes(...)

“We need to look at what adaptations make us perform better and enhance our working lives.” Photograph: iStock

The Employment Equality Act obliges employers to make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities or long-term illnesses, meaning an employe(...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)

Christopher Karagiorgis (13) with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne, from Ashford, who have been unable to find a suitable secondary school for their son. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of teenagers with autism are in “inappropriate” secondary schools, or not in school at all, due to a dearth of suitable places, a leading rig(...)

Mary Nally: “I started up Third Age Ireland because I saw village life through my mother’s eyes and realised how little was available to keep her occupied and active.” Photograph: David Prendergast.

Mary Nally was working as a nurse at St Joseph’s Hospital in Trim, Co Meath, when her recently widowed mother came to live with her and her family. It(...)

 Shelly Gaynor: “We’re not looking for anything special. We’re looking for equal rights that everyone else has.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ireland’s recent ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is “ironic” given the ongoing lack o(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin and his wife Mary voting in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment in Cork. Photograph: Handout/PA Wire

Most Fianna Fáil TDs will respect the vote in the referendum and not try to frustrate legislation on abortion going through the Dáil, party leader Mic(...)

Early intervention is vital for children with special needs. With funding cuts,  children with Down syndrome fall further and further behind with lifelong repercussions for levels of independence.

Irish people are generally warm and open to people with disabilities. Our State? Not so much. Recently, I was contacted by the Louth/Meath branch of (...)

Fiona King and Adam: It’s just so disheartening, so hurtful, to see that we’re putting in such a huge effort and vital things that the Government should be providing as their responsibility to look after these children in this way, they’re not doing it.”

In January, the Irish Government committed to formally ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability at the end of March. The (...)

Dr Maeve Hurley, chief executive and co-founder of Ag Éisteach, speaking at the launch of its Able Training Programme for front-line workers. Photograph: Darragh Kane

We all know people who make us feel better about ourselves and more optimistic about life. Conversely there are others we encounter who leave us stres(...)

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