The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland. It has become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. It is made up of a network of 20,000 members and 2,000 staff, as well as many dedicated volunteers. A detailed website, it gives contact details for resource and outreach centres for Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary via its "Contacts" button.
Cheshire Ireland, in partnership with the Health Services Executive, provides a range of supported accommodation, respite and other services to adults with physical disabilities. Cheshire operates 18 centres and a range of community-based services around Ireland, employing almost 700 staff and serving over 330 people. They are currently developing new Community Living services in Dublin and Cork where they provide trained staff and other supports to people living in the community. Click the Location of Services button to get local contact details.
|www.dogsfordisabled.ie||Irish Dogs for the Disabled – this site provides information about Assistance Dogs and Stability Dogs for children and adults with disabilities.
|www.guidedogs.ie||Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind – this site provides information on the Guide Dogs Programme and the Assistance Dogs Programme for Families of Children with Autism.
|www.crc.ie||The Central Remedial Clinic is a non-residential national centre for the care, treatment and development of children and adults with physical disabilities. Services are provided for people with physical conditions ranging from the very rare to the more familiar, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and arthrogryposis.
Services at the Clinic include clinical assessment, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, nursing, dietetics, orthotics, technical services, seating services, orthopaedics, paediatrics, parent support, vision and hearing specialists, transport and catering.
In 2001, the Clinic opened a centre in Waterford, providing a regional assessment service for children in the south east.
In 2003, the Clinic opened a centre in St. Gabriel's Centre in Limerick (www.stgabriels.ie).
|www.shineireland.com||Shine is the website of the IPAA, the Irish Progressive Association for Autism. It is a voluntary organisation and registered charity established in 2001 by the parents of autistic children to offer support and share information on services for their children. Shine has grown year on year since then and now offer services and support to 80 children through the Shine Centre based in Carrigaline Co Cork and over 250 families across the South Munster region. Shine is run by parents with the Board of the Organisation comprising of parents of autistic children and adolescents.