Links & Documents
Other Voluntary Organisations
The National Disability Authority (NDA) is an independent agency established under the aegis of the Department of Justice,Equality and Law Reform.
The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is the national support organisation and advocate for voluntary organisations in Ireland who provide services to people with disabilities.
Bri (The Acquired Brain Injury Advocacy Society)
Informing Families. This website provides information that is useful for families whose child has been given a diagnosis, and for those who have a concern about a possible diagnosis. Information is provided in six languages- French, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Lithuanian
Irish Wheelchair Association
The Irish National Association for Acquired Brain Injury
Erbs Palsy Ireland
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland provides support services to persons with neuromuscular conditions and their families.
TheNational Council for the Blind of Ireland
Deaf Hear National support organisation for those with hearing impairment.
Irish Hard of Hearing Association
Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice provides residential, respite and home support to children who have severe and profound intellectual disabilities with life-limiting conditions.
C.A.S.A. is a voluntary organisation providing holiday breaks and trips abroad.
Accessible Ireland – Holiday Accommodation
Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland – Useful Information for Drivers
Other Useful Websites
Adam and Friends
www.adamandfriends.ie sells a huge range of products from learning and developmental toys to therapy equipment for children with special needs.
Citizens Information is an Irish eGovernment website provided by the Citizens Information Board. The site provides public service information for Ireland.
Children in Hospital
This is a new site which has lots of information for parents about how best to cope with a hospital visit or stay, should it arise. The site also provides info for professionals and other interested parties www.childreninhospital.ie
This palliative hub is aimed primarily at assisting parents, guardians, carers and the wider public in understanding what Children’s palliative care is and seeks to help filter the wide range of information available on the internet: www.childrenspalliativehub.com.
The Informing Families website www.informingfamilies.ie provides information for parents and professionals at the time of a child’s diagnosis with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability, or when there are concerns about a possible diagnosis. The Informing Families website was developed by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies in consultation with families and professionals.
On www.informingfamilies.ie families can access information on entitlements and benefits, support agencies, and early information such as ‘What are early services?’ and ‘How do I tell others about my child’s diagnosis?’ Parents can also access advice on Internet searching for reliable and relevant information in relation to their child’s diagnosis.
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. IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country.
For all revenue queries Logon to the Revenue Commissioners website
SOFT, the Support Organisation for Trisomy, in Ireland, is a voluntary group dedicated to providing support for families of children born with Patau’s Syndrome (Trisomy 13), Edwards’ Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and related chromosomal disorders.
Special Needs Parents Association
Special Needs Parents Association‘ is a national parent-run organisation which provides support and information for families who have children with disabilities and special needs. They can provide assistance for parents with guidance,direction,advice and help. They now have a Special Needs Facebook page.
Swapping/selling/buying special needs equipment
Special Needs Equipment ~ Buy Sell Swap (Ireland) Facebook group. The Irish version the successful UK based Special Needs Equipment ~ Buy Sell Swap group!
The Buggy Pod
The Buggy Pod is a side car that attaches to most buggies transforming them into a two seater when needed.
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust brings babies and young children up to the age of 9 with special needs and life limiting illnesses to Lourdes at Easter.
Thinking Toys was established with the intention of providing access, in Ireland, to a range of products that can bring specific benefit to children who have special needs or learning difficulties.
- www.education.ie (NEPS – The National Educational Psychology Service)
- www.nsce.ie (The National Councilfor Special Education)
- www.racketys.ie (Specialised Clothes)
- www.sess.ie (SESS -TheSpecial Education Support Service)
A Jack & Jill Family kindly provided us with the following links that they found useful for Special Needs Equipment
Physio Mats (tumbling mats):
No Spill Bubbles (at present they only have no spill with 3 wands – they don’t seem to have any singles ones – they also do pipes and numerous other bubble items) http://www.pustefix.de (follow the fan shop link and then the PUSTEFIX link).
(Dimensions:1200 x 300 mm diameter) Creative-Activity Derry NI – contact: 028 71346767.
Fibre Optic Kits
Galaxy Star Projector