We didn't get a chance to read out a lot of the texts that came in, so Olan has been going through a few of them, and is back in today with your reaction...
Olan talks about attachments for a manual wheelchair, which effectively turn it into a motorbike. Olan has one on order, and he says "these things are amazing. They open a huge range of possibilities for disabled people. Obviously, if you have a powered wheelchair already, you wouldn't have the same problem". They are available from www.mmsmedical.ie.
Irish Wheelchair Association Information Office
- http://www.iwa.ie/information 01 818-6488
- Irish Wheelchair Association are preparing to launch their updated set of access guidelines, giving practical advice as to how to make your premises more accessible. You can download the guidelines here: http://www.iwa.ie/information/publications
- Also available from the IWA information office is the Access Directory, a directory of companies providing equipment to make daily life easier for disabled people.
Assist Ireland is an arm of the Citizens Information Board, and they have an online resource providing information on daily living aids, mobility aids and assistive technology, along with a directory of products available in Ireland: http://www.assistireland.ie/eng/
The National Disability Authority
The National Disability Authority is the statutory body governing standards in this area. http://www.nda.ie/
The Equality Authority
For information about the Equal Status Act, the equality act and the employment equality act, you can contact the Equality Authority: http://www.equality.ie/en/
And we also received this e-mail into the office, from listener Dee:
My name is Dee Hoey and since 2005, following a brain tumor operation, I am a wheelchair user. I live in Bohernabreena, near Tallaght, Dublin 24. I like to go out and I have found, over the years, that it very difficult, when going out, to find an accessible venue.
I have started a blog, wheeloutandabout.wordpress.com of different restaurants, pubs, hotels etc. giving a brief review of what I have found. The blog has had well over 700 views and it is aimed at wheelchair users, but can be useful to people with buggies, walker users, people on crutches and if your generally less-able on your feet!