Members sometimes report difficulty in obtaining travel insurance. We cannot recommend any company but the following seem to be particularly disability-friendly.
Royal and Sun Alliance on 016771851 or www.royalsunalliance.ie.
Coyle Hamilton Willis Ltd. on 016616211 or www.coylehamiltonwillis.ie.
Evolution Healthcare, Co Tyrone they cover the North/North-West of Ireland. Contact Evolution Health Care, Dungannon Enterprise Centre, 2 Coalisland Road, Dungannon, BT71 6JT, Co Tyrone on 028 87 727 855.
JS Dobbs, Dublin deliver in the eastern region of Ireland. Contact J.S. Dobbs & Co. Ltd., Healthcare Products Distributors, Unit 84-85, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin 13 on 01 8391071, or www.jsdobbs.ie.
The Irish Revenue Commissioner website www.revenue.ie has tax information relating to people with a disability. The Revenue Commissioners have appointed Mr Padraig Crowe and Ms Jacinta Hunston as Access Officers. They are responsible for providing and co-ordinating assistance and guidance to people with disabilities accessing services provided by the offices, and generally to act as a point of contact for people with disabilities wishing to access each service.
Customer Service Policy Unit,
1st Floor, Bishop's Square,
Redmond's Hill, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 424 42 35
Fax: (01) 424 43 96
Tel: (01) 633 08 83
Fax: (01) 633 08 86
Our Motoring Advice, Assessment and Tuition (MAATs) service provides a range of motoring services for drivers and passengers with disabilities, including advice on vehicle adaptations.
The Disabled Person's Parking Card information can be found by clicking this link.
To see contact details for the National Mobility Centre click here.
Fáilte Ireland has developed a new scheme for the validation and provision of information on registered and approved accommodation that provides for those with disabilities, www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/Accessible-Accommodation. There are four categories of accessibility explained on the website as well as contact details for all listed accessible accommodation.
The IWA Information centre also has a list of holiday accommodation that has been recommended by members.
Click here to see contact details for IWA Information Centre
All disabled drivers and passengers in the VRT/VAT scheme are exempt from toll charges on all toll roads in the state.
DisabledGo provides free detailed access information for disabled people across the UK and Ireland:
SmallerWorld is a site dedicated to the review of wheelchair accessible services and locations:
There are several publications that may prove useful if you are considering adapting a building to meet the needs of people with disabilities. These include:
IWA Access Guidelines
IWA are aware what a barrier the built enviroment poses to those with a disability, the development of these IWA Access Guidelines was underpinned by an extensive consultation process with the IWA membership and with external organisations both from within and from outside the disability sector. For a cd version to be posted out ring 01 8186 455 or download here.
Building Regulations: Part M and Technical Guidance Document - these regulations outline the minimum requirements to make premises accessible. Bear in mind that your customers with disabilities may need more than this! Copies are available from the Government Publications Office. Tel: 01 647 6000.
Building for Everyone: Inclusion, Access and Use - describes how to design, make and manage buildings and the external environment for the inclusion, access and use of everybody. Available from the National Disability Authority, 25 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Tel: 01 608 0400 or www.nda.ie.
We have recently started to compile access information on holidays abroad, to take a look click here or telephone Kiara Lynch on 018186414.
The citizens information board have a publication called ‘Entitlements for people with Disabilities’ which can be downloaded from www.citizensinformationboard.ie.
For a cost of less than €24.50 a universal key for accessible toilets can be purchased from J Williams & Son, Dublin, contactable 01 475 6307.