175. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health if a reply will issue with regard to issues raised in correspondence from an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20296/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

1486. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for a survey or consultation process with persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities and, in particular, those in receipt of domiciliary care allowance; if this process could permit an opt-in or opt-out option in the context in which parents might feel that their child on medical grounds is not able to participate in the workforce; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16824/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I am assuming that the Deputy is referring to a national consultation process in relation to a number of recommendations made in the Make Work Pay (MWP) for people with disabilities report, organised by the Department. The MWP report itself was published in April 2017 following a commitment in the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for people with disabilities 2015 -2024 and was undertaken in order to better identify...

822. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the days and hours on which the early intervention team and the school age teams use a building (details supplied); the number of children involved in each programme; the staff complement for each of the programmes; the nature of the services provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54962/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

945. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of nursing support for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1050/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

946. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the status of an application for nursing support by a school (details supplied). (Question 1053/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

334. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 933 of 11 September 2017, the progress in securing a residential placement for a person (details supplied) in County Cork who is profoundly disabled; the outcome of the application for emergency funding for a residential placement for this person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53587/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of...

247. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his Department will provide funding for transport for persons attending a service (details supplied) who are unable to use public transport. (Question 52870/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

160. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in opening a care association (details supplied); the timeframe for its occupancy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51289/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

388. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure that additional funding is provided to an organisation (details supplied) to assist it to provide necessary support services for children and parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50224/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the programme for partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

409. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health when the dyspraxia assessment which has been ongoing since 2015 for a person (details supplied) in County Louth will be completed and available to the family; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50326/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

419. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the supports the HSE has in place for persons with developmental co-ordination disorder; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50351/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

545. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the role her Department will play in the implementation of the access and inclusion model of supports for children with disabilities; the funding her Department is providing for this in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49356/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): AIM supports children with disabilities to reap the full benefits of free pre-school education. Its goal is to empower pre-school providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience. AIM is a child-centred and evidence-based model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school setting. These include:
Level 1: An Inclusive Culture ...

60. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health if extra funding will be provided in 2018 for respite care for persons with serious autistic and physical disabilities in view of the current significant shortfall in such services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48192/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality...

69. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health if he has satisfied himself with the overall level of support provided by the HSE to persons in County Wexford with intellectual disabilities and complex needs including autism; if he has further satisfied himself that the transition from child to adult services is functioning to the highest standard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48146/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

87. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the characteristics of the medical condition known as fragile x syndrome; the supports available to parents of children born with this condition; the supports in place in terms of respite for parents of children born with this condition, which is a high dependency disorder; the supports available to parents generally with high dependency conditions or disorders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47984/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 91 together.
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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Gov...

91. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the services available in the Dublin south west region from the HSE or other charitable organisations to support parents of children with fragile x syndrome that are in need of respite, additional occupational therapy and speech and language therapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47985/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 91 together.
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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Gov...

145. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) is waiting on an assessment of needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48270/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

313. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health when funding will be made available for a person (details supplied) for a residential care place with an organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47938/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

394. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be transferred to the rehabilitation centre in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39177/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the Deputy’s question relate to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.
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1068. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will intervene and provide funding and instruct the HSE to ensure the completion of the group home for women with physical and sensory disabilities in a location (details supplied). (Question 37730/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

1069. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to ensure further resources for respite care for persons with autism or intellectual disabilities in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37754/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

1093. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health if he will advise on additional hours for a person (details supplied). (Question 37840/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

24. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Taoiseach if his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34986/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

The Taoiseach: My Department supports the implementation of national policies and strategies designed to advance the lives of people with disabilities including the recently published National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021.
As Taoiseach and Head of Government, I encourage and endorse every effort to improve the services and supports for people with disabilities. 
I want everyone to reach their full potential by ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance.
The Government has already take...

1047. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Health when full-time residential care will be approved for a person (details supplied);; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36255/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

1050. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a residential placement for a person (details supplied) who is currently residing with their grandparents and need their own supervised independence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36268/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...