Useful

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.
www.nda.ie

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.
www.disability-federation.ie

Bri (The Acquired Brain Injury Advocacy Society)
www.briireland.ie

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
www.informingfamilies.ie

Irish Wheelchair Association
www.iwa.ie

The Irish National Association for Acquired Brain Injury
www.headwayireland.ie

Erbs Palsy Ireland
www.erbspalsy.ie

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland provides support services to persons with neuromuscular conditions and their families.
www.mdi.ie

TheNational Council for the Blind of Ireland
www.ncbi.ie

Deaf Hear National support organisation for those with hearing impairment.
www.deafhear.ie

Irish Hard of Hearing Association
www.ihha.ie

Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice provides residential, respite and home support to children who have severe and profound intellectual disabilities with life-limiting conditions.
www.sunshinehome.ie

C.A.S.A. is a voluntary organisation providing holiday breaks and trips abroad.
www.casa.ie

Accessible Ireland – Holiday Accommodation
www.accessibleireland.ie

Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland – Useful Information for Drivers
www.ddai.ie/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

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

CYPPH

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.

Informing Families

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.

I.W.A.

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.

Revenue Commissioners

For all revenue queries Logon to the Revenue Commissioners website

S.O.F.T. Ireland

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

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.


A Jack & Jill Family kindly provided us with the following links that they found useful for Special Needs Equipment

Physio Mats (tumbling mats):
http://www.mcsport.ie/gymnastics/212cat.aspx

Interactive Mirror:
http://enablingdevices.com/catalog/toys_for_disabled_children/bead-chains/peek-a-boo-mirror-switch

Bubbles
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).

Giant Bean Bags
http://www.directbeanbags.com/item/red.html?symfony=d9ddf109b3f52f1b56b8110d6034af15

Physio Roll
(
Dimensions:1200 x 300 mm diameter) Creative-Activity  Derry NI – contact: 028 71346767.

Fibre Optic Kits
http://www.starceiling.co.uk/sensory.html

Galaxy Star Projector
http://www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk/laser-cosmos-laser-stars-projector.html

Switches
http://www.inclusive.co.uk/

http://www.awardsys.net/view_products.asp?id=1204&sectid=266&scatid=389

Swing
http://www.specialneedstoys.co.uk/Eire/