Irish Wheelchair Association in Lucan South Dublin, Launches New Accessible bus with support of Microsoft

Local members of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Lucan were joined by staff from Microsoft on 20th November to celebrate the launch of a new accessible bus which will provide a vital service to people with disabilities living in Lucan and the South Dublin area. IWA purchased a new accessible bus with the financial assistance of Microsoft who also support IWA’s busy Community Centre, located on the Newcastle Road, Lucan.

Transport is key to people with physical disabilities realising their independence as unfortunately, Ireland still does not have a fully accessible public transport system or taxi service. In this context, IWA’s nationwide fleet of accessible buses is vital to many Irish communities, providing door-to-door transport for people with disabilities who might otherwise be confined to their homes. The new accessible bus was specifically adapted to meet the needs and requirements of people with physical disabilities and is a critical resource that enables IWA members to participate in the range of services and supports which IWA provides to people with physical disabilities on a weekly basis.

Speaking about the new accessible bus, IWA Service Coordinator, Ciaran McLoughlin explained:

IWA’s fleet of accessible buses are one of our most critical assets. The increased demand on our bus fleet alongside ageing vehicles means replacing and regenerating our transport fleet is an area of increasing challenge and focus. IWA buses can be seen in every corner of the country, transporting our members to and from a wide range of IWA and community activities. On the road 24/7, whether transporting young athletes to training, older members on a shopping outing, or young friends heading to a concert, in many cases the IWA bus is a lifeline without which people would be isolated and confined to their homes.

Marking the launch of the IWA service, was Noelle Walsh-Elwell, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Cloud Operations and Innovation, and she said:

At Microsoft, we are committed to helping every person and organisation across the world achieve more. In living out our mission, we’re delighted to support the Irish Wheelchair Association by purchasing a new accessible bus that will enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in the Dublin area. By providing inclusive mobility options, the IWA can achieve the full inclusion and integration of those with disabilities in our society.