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Failure to Provide Timely Disability Assessments for Children is Breach of Legislation – Conway-Walsh

20 September, 2018 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has called for the rights of children with suspected disabilities to be respected and for the Government to fulfil its obligations under the 2005 Disability Act.

Senator Conway-Walsh said:

“Today, I called on the Government to end the scandal of parents of children who are waiting months for assessment of need to be carried out. Each child is entitled under law to an assessment within 6 months. When this does not happen their rights are being denied.

“Many parents have become exasperated with the long waits and uncertainty and have to make huge sacrifices to fund these assessments privately.

“Without the initial assessment, parents are left in the dark in terms of a full diagnosis and accessing further care and treatment. I am calling for these children’s rights to be respected and for the Government to act immediately to ensure this backlog is cleared.

“While we all welcome legislation underpinning the rights of those with disabilities, there must be equal determination to ensure that the provisions are implemented. People must feel that their rights are real and that they have protection.” 

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