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2016 Foyle Sailability Season

14 May 2016 09:00
12 Aug 2016 16:57
We are delighted to announce our 2016 Foyle Sailability Season:
14th May, Foyle Marina - Go With the Flow, Try Sailing! - 11am-3pm
At the Go With the Flow event we will be providing taster sailing sessions to newcomers.
 We can cater for a total of 18 people with disabilities/disadvantage
in 3 hansa dinghies (no passenger boat or clipper canoes available on
this day).  Booking is essential.
7th June, St Kilda Send Off Regatta, Pontoons, Greencastle - 11am-3pm
Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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Disability Studies / Disability Equality Studies at St Angela’s College (Spring 2016)

Can you imagine living in a world where a person might have an impairment but not be disabled? A world where, for example, a parent with a small child in a buggy and the wheelchair-user can travel equally comfortably.

A world where some of our school friends, fellow students and colleagues may have impairments that are seen as ‘normal’, because physical and social environments are accessible to everyone, equally.

Non-disabled people aren’t afraid of saying the wrong thing to a disabled person, because having an impairment, visible or hidden, is accepted as being part of the human condition, part of life, not something strange that should arouse sympathy. Instead, disabled people would be visible, empowered and participating in every sphere of public and private life.

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Foyle Sailability Water-based activity - Greencastle, Donegal (14/Aug/14)

14 Aug 2014 11:00

A Chara, 

Foyle Sailability is a cross-border voluntary organisation aimed at facilitating people with all types of disabilities access to water based activities. We successfully delivered a 2 day regatta in June (a few days before the Clipper boats arrived) where 120 people with disabilities from across the North West took to the water in specially adapted dinghies, clipper canoes and a motor boat. 

 We have received funding from Donegal County Council to run an event in Greencastle, Co. Donegal on 14 Aug from 11am-4pm and a disabled hoist will be available. 

This is a free event but booking is essential and forms (from the attachment) should be returned to foylesailability@gmail.com or to Foyle Disability Resource Centre, Glen Road, Derry, BT48 0BX by Friday 8 August. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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National Conference of Self-Advocates 29th May 2014

29 May 2014 10:30
The NATIONAL PLATFORM OF SELF- ADVOCATES invite you to a National Conference on STANDING UP- SPEAKING OUT on Thursday 29th May 2014, 10.30am - 4.00pm at the Conference Centre in Croke Park Stadium - Dublin
We are an Advocacy group of people with disabilities from all around Ireland.  Come to our first conference and meet people also interested in standing up and speaking out about disability rights. Place’s limited for 2 or 3 people from each group or service (including support staff).
There will be elections for the new Committee.  Please apply if you think you may want to be on the new Committee (see forms attached).
Please register by 15th May 2014 to:  The National Platform of Self- Advocates, Centre for Disability and Policy, NUI Galway, Galway Ireland.
Disability Rights
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National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan - Focus on Autism Consultation

Dear Colleagues,

The National Disability Authority is undertaking a consultation exercise to find out how the implementation of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan can most effectively address the needs of people with autism.

The consultation process consists of:

   A consultation event for autism stakeholders (which took place on the 31st of January 2014)

   Engagement with small groups of adults with autism

Autism illustration by James Collings
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RTE looking for Aspie doing Leaving Cert (22/Feb/13)

RTE Looking for young Aspies on Aspergers and Leaving Cert

RTE are currently researching a documentary which concerns young people
with Asperger's who are preparing to do their Leaving Cert this year.

The idea is to to make a documentary which shines a light on the challenges
faced by young people with AS and their families, which this experience
brings. If there are any families who are in this situation and who
would be interested in talking to the production team, please contact
David O'Sullivan on 01 208 2723 or by email at david.osullivan <AT> rte <DOT> ie

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Parents Support Network - Open Meeting - Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm

15 Feb 2011 20:30

Supporting Families with Disabilities


For parents of children with special needs including ADHD, Aspergers,Downs Syndrome etc.

Where: At the Sligo Park Hotel

When: Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm.

Sligo Parents Support Network
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Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) - For Entry Autumn 2010

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a supplementary admissions scheme for school leavers with disabilities which operates on a reduced points basis.

DARE has been established by a number of higher education institutions as clear evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and progression to higher education.

Flyer is attached
DARE Presentation (Jan 2010) is attached

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Bryan proves he's got drive

Story and Photo copyright: Derry Jounal, 3rd July 2009

An autistic Derry man is fulfilling the dream of a lifetime by learning how to drive.
Twenty one years-old Bryan Sutherland from the Waterside passed tests set by the DVLNI to get his medical driving licence. He is now learning to drive with John O'Donnell of 1st Choice Driving School.

His mother Ruby said the experience is fantastic for Bryan, especially as he missed out on a place in the army because of his Asperger's Syndrome.

Bryan proves he's got drive
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DFI Regional Platform Meetings

Dear Colleagues,

I would like you to assist me in planning our next DFI Platform meetings. In order to do this I would appreciate if you could respond to the three questions below and return them to me.

1. Firstly, I would like to find out what topics you would like to see on the agenda over the next 12 months.

2. Secondly, I would like to know if the format of meeting 3-times per year in varying locations within the North West region is still feasible? Would another format be more suitable.

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How do you solve a problem? - Like Maria! [AngloCelt, May 2009]

Photo: Copyright AngloCelt.
Story: By Sinead Horgan, Anglo Celt, 27/May/2009.

How do you solve a problem? - Like Maria!

Whether it comes from the heart, the soul or somewhere even more mystical than that, Maria Greenan’s piano-playing and singing is positively goose-bump inducing. The 20-year-old music student from Cootehill wowed the crowds at Cavan’s Got Talent with performances of songs ranging from Hot Stuff to Tears From Heaven and Billie Jean - scooping the first prize of €7,000 which she plans to put towards her education.

How do you solve a problem? - Like Maria!   [AngloCelt, May 2009]
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National Learning Network (NLN)

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European Disability Forum

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New Horizons Partnership,

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Arts and Disability Forum

Irish Advocacy Network

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National Disability Authority, Ireland

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Paddy Doyle, Activist

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