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Foyle Sailability - Sailing and Marine Activities - (7th June 2016) - Greencastle

7 Jun 2016 11:00
7 Jun 2016 15:00

Hi Guys

Bookings are now open for our sailing day at Greencastle Pontoons, Co. Donegal

on Tuesday 7th June from 11am - 3pm.  

The following vessels will be available on the day:
Hansa Dinghies (one person, one instructor)
Passenger Boat (max 12 people including carers)
Clipper Canoes (max 10 people including carers and instructors)
Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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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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National Survey on the Costs of Autism (3rd Oct 2015)

Dear All,

As you are fully aware there is a great need for invest in autism services and supports in Ireland. To inform and progress, it is vital that we can produce evidenced based research on
the economic impact of autism spectrum disorders for families and the need for appropriate services and supports to address the needs of children and teenagers on the spectrum Ireland.

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Foyle Sailability Regatta, Derry (11,12 June 2015)

11 Jun 2015 11:00
12 Jun 2015 04:00

Please find attached information leaflet on sailing and water activity opportunities for people with disabilities at Foyle Marina 11 & 12 June 2015 11am - 4pm. A disabled hoist will be available for wheelchair users. I would be grateful if you could circulate the attached information through your networks and members.

Foyle Sailability
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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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Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities, Oranmore, Galway, 10/Dec/2012

10 Dec 2012 10:00
10 Dec 2012 13:00

Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities”

(hosted by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies)

Autism illustration by James Collings
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Volunteers Needed - Sligo Surf Camp - August 2012

13 Aug 2012 10:00
17 Aug 2012 16:00

Volunteers Needed For


Where:Streedagh, Co. Sligo

When: Monday 13th –  Friday 17th August 2012


Sligo Surf-2-Heal 2012 - volunteers needed
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Come and try - Special Needs Judo, Ballyhaise, Cavan (18/2/2012)

18 Feb 2012 08:59
Judo Assist Ireland is a national program in the process of development by the Inclusion/Disability Commission of the Irish Judo Association.

The program is designed to further promote the Sport for ALL concept and to introduce the fantastic Olympic Sport of Judo to a wide variety of disability groups and individuals across Ireland. 

Judo Assist Ireland
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Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

MORE than one in five people say they would object if a pupil with an intellectual disability or autism was in the same class as their child.

The disturbing statistic marks a growing level of intolerance of these children in the education system.

Just one in 12 said they would object when a similar study was carried out in 2006.

The findings of the survey of attitudes to people with a disability, released yesterday, also reveal almost one in four would not want a pupil with a mental health problem -- like psychiatric illnesses -- in the same class as their child, up from 21pc in 2006.

Just 48pc believe that children with sensory impairments such as deafness should attend the same schools as people with disabilities, down from 58pc in 2006.

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Fun Activities for ASD Teens in Monaghan (1/15 Oct, 1/2 Nov 2011)

1 Oct 2011 10:30
2 Nov 2011 15:00

Autism Initiatives would like to invite Teens and Pre-teens with Autism to join us for fun activities and adventures including sports events, day trips and arts and crafts. 

Participants will be supported on a 1:1 basis.

Events will take place from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Monaghan Harps Complex on following days:

1st & 15th October 2011,
1st & 2nd of November 2011

Booking is essential – contact Nicola or Rebecca on 042 9330252.

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Sports Ability Summer Camp - July 2011 (Cavan/Monaghan)

11 Jul 2011 11:00
20 Jul 2011 13:00

Monaghan Sports Partnership and Cavan Sports Partnership

"Sports Ability" Summer Camp 2011

For Young people with a disability aged 5-14yrs and their siblings

Camp 1: Cavan Leisure Centre, Cavan, Date: 11th, 12th, 13th July 2011

Cavan/Monaghan Sports Ability Camp
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Volunteers Needed - Sligo Surf Camp - July 2011

26 Jul 2011 10:30

Volunteers Needed For


Where:Streedagh, Co. Sligo

When: Tuesday 26th –  Friday 29th July 2011         

Sligo Surf-2-Heal 2011
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Free Training - Enabling Positive Futures (May, June, July 2011 - Dublin)

11 Jun 2011 09:30
11 Jun 2011 16:00






Enabling Positive Futures - Three x 2-Day Workshop

For Parents of Individuals withAutism Spectrum Conditions (Includes Asperger’s Syndrome)

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th May

2nd Workshop - Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June

Final Workshop - Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July


Rochestown Lodge Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

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Fraud Investigation at Sligo's Cregg House (SligoToday 21/7/2010)

Sligo Today News, 21/7/2010, www.sligotoday.ie
Gardai are believed to have initiated an investigation into the reported theft of thousands of euro from a fund set up to manage the day-to-day spending of clients of the Cregg House facility for people with intellectual disability. There are currently approximately 200 special needs children and adults dependent on the service provided at the Ballincar premises.
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Three SNAs to be cut at second Castlebar special school (Mayo News, 23/3/2010)

IN YET another blow to parents of special needs children, The Mayo News has learned that St Brid’s Special School in Castlebar may lose three of its 13 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in June next.  St Brid’s caters for almost 25 children with severe, profound and moderate learning difficulties, as well as children with autism, all of whom require care on an almost continual basis.

Art by Anna and Luke, pupils at St Brigs Special School, Castlebar
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FAI Autism Soccer Camp, Carrick on Shannon, 29/10/09

Children with Autism playing indoor football in Orange or Yellow Strip colours
Child with Autism leaning against wall having a break from soccer camp
Children with Autism playing indoor soccer, view from cornerpost
Two children with Autism sit in front of goals, one looking away, one posing
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Special needs class receives €60,000 grant to relocate to Mohill (26/Aug/09)

Story and Copyright: Leitrim Observer; Story: Fiona Heavey.

On Monday, August 24 the Department of Education officially sanctioned the re-location of St Joseph's Special Needs Outreach Class into Marian College, Mohill as well as providing €60,000 of funding to modify the building for wheelchair access.

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Eleven special needs children left without a school (19/Aug/2009)

Copyright: Leitrim Observer. 

Eleven of Leitrim's most vulnerable Special Needs children will be left out in the cold next week, with no suitable school available for them to attend in the county. 

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Parents organise camps for children with ASD in light of HSE budget cuts (Donegal Democrat 9/7/09)

Donegal Democrat, 09 July 2009
A group of Donegal parents is organising a camp for children with autism, thanks to support from Gabrielle's Diary Charity Ball and the North-West 10K.
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What happens now?

Photo: Don Moloney/Press 22. Story Source: Irish Times, 16/7/09.
Many parents of disabled children who are due to leave school say they will have nowhere to go as a result of health spending cuts, writes CARL O’BRIEN

BREDA PURCELL feels a gnawing sense of worry every time she thinks of her son’s future.

What happens now?
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The Carer Caravan, Berwick Holiday Park, UK

The Carer Caravan (UK)
Borders Asperger and Autism Group Support (BAAGS) supporters and members, we have been able to purchase the CARER-VAN. A luxury 8-berth caravan, situated at Berwick Holiday Park, available for short breaks/respite/holidays.

The 8 berth CARER-VAN is fully equipped with microwave, fridge, TV/DVD , cooker, travel cot, special needs pushchair.
- The decking area allows the luxury of a separate play area for the kids!!!!
- Gas and electricity is included .
- Passes to all on—site facilities for your party can be included in the cost of your holiday.

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Verbal Arts Centre - Autism Initiatives

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Horse Haven Natural Horse Centre, Mayo

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Surf 2 Heal

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Dance Connect (Kieran coffey), Cork

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