Is it ‘cos of
my wheels?

Help Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) change the way people with physical disabilities are treated by the Irish Government.

Budget 2017 was a huge disappointment for people with disabilities and IWA needs your help to change the situation. Play your part and sign our petition now!

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Unfair treatment

IWA needs your help so that we can change the Government’s unfair treatment of people with disabilities and to ensure Budget 2018 is an inclusive budget for all, and that people with disabilities have a fair and equal opportunity to live their lives independently.

Watch our videos to learn more

Below are videos which highlight three key priority issues which are paramount for people with disabilities. IWA is calling on Ministers from the Department of Health, the Department of Housing, Planning Community & Local Government, and the Department of Transport, to play their part in pledging fairness and equality for people with disabilities.

This means providing appropriate personal assistant hours, increasing supply of social housing and delivering a fully accessible transport system for all.

Padraic Moran is a wheelchair user and regular traveller on Irish rail who has experienced inequality on a daily basis.

Read Padraic’s story

Department of Health

  • Increase Personal Assistant (PA) Hours by 500,000 over the next three years
  • Introduction of a National Policy for assessment of need and allocation of funding

Padraic Moran is a wheelchair user and regular traveller on Irish rail who has experienced inequality on a daily basis.

Read Padraic’s story

Department of Housing

  • Mainstream Housing Supply; immediate frontloading of all housing action plans to produce a supply of fully wheelchair accessible housing.
  • Housing Adaptation Grant:
    • relaxation of the means test back to pre-2013 levels
    • create flexibility in the assessment and payment of the adaptation grant to permitlocal authorities, where the need is desperate, to pay a housing adaptation grant amount above the current grant cap of €30,000.00

Padraic Moran is a wheelchair user and regular traveller on Irish rail who has experienced inequality on a daily basis.

Read Padraic’s story

Department of Transport

TAXI’S

  • Very large contracts are awarded by the state on an annual basis to Taxi operators. In the tender process for the awarding of these contacts, considerable extra weighting should be given to Taxi operators with accessible vehicles.
  • The retention of the €1m subsidy scheme currently awarded to taxi operators, who purchase accessible vehicles, should be managed by the National Transport Authority to increase a nationwide spread of accessible taxis.
  • Target of 15% of all taxis to be accessible by 2020. Currently only 5% of fleet is accessible

BUS ÉIREANN
Allocate funding to prioritise an upgrading scheme to improve the accessibility of Bus Éireann coaches and coach stops.

IRISH RAIL
Allocate funding to upgrade unmanned train stations

BENEFITS
Reinstate Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance