Public Meeting Wednesday 26th April:Disability Services DSW

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone at her offices on Mespil Road.
Pic Steve Humphreys
14th October 2016

Public Meeting Wednesday 26th April:Disability Services DSW

Public Meeting, Wednesday April 26th 5-6:30 pm for parents & caregivers of children with ASD

The meeting is to be held at 5-6.30 pm in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday 26th April.To register your interest  and further details contact claire.murphy@oir.ie or the constituency office, 45 Main Street, Tallaght 01 4271072.

An open letter to parents and caregivers of children awaiting community disability assessment and services

I have been working on issues with the Assessment of Need (AON) process and service delivery since concerns were voiced time and time again as I knocked on doors across our communities.

I was shocked by the number of parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who felt lost in the health system.

It was clear to me that the disability services for children were struggling to deliver timely therapeutic intervention.

Waiting lists in some cases were up to 48 months – and this is wrong.

Since then I have undertaken a number of actions.

A public meeting and workshop in Tallaght Library last June was organised with the assistance of one of Irelands leading minds on Autism, Professor Louise Gallagher of Trinity College Dublin.

A report on that meeting can be found on my website.

Following discussions with experts in the HSE and Tallaght Hospital I can confirm progress on some of the recommendations in that document.

A new Liaison Officer is now working to clear the service statement backlog and a temporary Assessment Officer will be in place from this week.

However, more must be done.

As your local Independent TD I will hold a public meeting for those affected by these services on Wednesday April 26th at 5pm.

A member of senior management from Disability Services will be at this meeting to answer your questions.

Please feel free to contact my constituency office on 01-4271072 or email Claire.murphy@oireachtas.ie for further details and to register your interest.

Katherine Zappone, TD.

Independent.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.