481. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the status of the completion of the model of care for ADHD. (Question 54036/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

278. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the provision of services at a residential care centre (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52723/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

309. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health if the 60% grant cut by the HSE to the early intervention therapy programmes for children with Down’s syndrome in counties Meath and Louth will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52841/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

353. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53110/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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...

356. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health when he expects a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be seen as an outpatient at the national rehabilitation hospital, Dun Laoghaire; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53116/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

130. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a transport grant will be provided for a person (details supplied). (Question 52335/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

196. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure SNA hours are maintained for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51761/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), which is an independent statutory agency, is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for each school annually taking into account the assessed care needs of children qualifying for SNA support enrolled in the school. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in alloca...

307. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the steps that have been taken on foot of a report (details supplied) into the care of a person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51459/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

311. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the steps that can be taken by a family (details supplied) that have received a rejection from the HSE early intervention team to access support for a person. (Question 51469/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

318. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health if funding will be provided for an educational information officer to help an organisation (details supplied) with its work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51502/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

322. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Health if there is a permanent speech and language therapist in place in the schools for the deaf in Dublin; and the reason a school (details supplied) does not have a permanent speech and language therapist. (Question 51527/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

332. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 746 of 7 November 2017, the name, the capacity, the date on which they were established and the aegis under which all accommodation settings in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Meath, Westmeath and Leitrim that provide residential care for persons with an intellectual disability operate; his plans for expansion at the listed providers or of new facilities planned across the five-county catchment area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51572/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

379. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health the reason for the decision not to provide funding applied for by an organisation (details supplied) for an education and information officer; and the considerations in the new allocation model for SNAs that was given for children with dyspraxia in view of the fact that the new guidelines mean persons with this condition are likely to be overlooked. (Question 51912/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

286. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the status of residential care for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50780/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

309. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the locations of the 185 new residential emergency places provided under disability services in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 50899/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

364. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if he will provide more dedicated funding and assistance for those living with dyspraxia, or developmental co-ordination disorder; if he will ensure that sufficient funding is set aside in the HSE services plan for this purpose; if he will review his Department’s decision to refuse funding for an education officer and information officer for a charity (details supplied); if he will provide a rationale for this refusal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51245/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

499. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the job activation programmes for persons with a disability; the expenditure on same; the estimated cost of increasing expenditure by 10% on each programme, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50911/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): This Government is committed to helping more people with disabilities take up work where there is a capacity and willingness to do so. 
To this end, the Department provides a range of work related supports. These supports include a wage subsidy scheme, targeted at employers, to encourage employment of people with disabilities. They also include funding for the EmployAbility service that wo...

336. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been on the waiting list for an assessment of need; when they will have an assessment of need; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49979/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

338. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has yet to receive a care plan since August 2016 under the local early years intervention team. (Question 49957/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

370. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of children awaiting a first assessment from the HSE under the Disability Act 2005 as of 17 November 2017 or the latest date available in each LHO, in tabular form. (Question 50093/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

374. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the process by which a person will be accepted and receive full-time residential care in a centre (details supplied). (Question 50104/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

375. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive full-time residential care in a centre. (Question 50105/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

586. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding that has been allocated for the administration of and application process for level 5 of the access and inclusion model in 2016 and 2017. (Question 50365/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 586, 587, 597 and 598 together.
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...

587. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding that has been allocated for the administration of and application process for level 7 of the access and inclusion model in 2016 and 2017. (Question 50366/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 586, 587, 597 and 598 together.
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...

588. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of applications made for the access and inclusion model in 2016 and 2017, in tabular form. (Question 50367/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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. AIM was launched in June 2016 and is adminis...