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Social Supports and People with Disabilities. Dr. Eilionóir Flynn, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUIG. Overview. Disability-specific social welfare payments – (means tested payments and benefits based on PRSI contributions)

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social supports and people with disabilities

Social Supports and People with Disabilities

Dr. Eilionóir Flynn, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUIG

  • Disability-specific social welfare payments – (means tested payments and benefits based on PRSI contributions)
  • Other supports for employment, education, social and and personal support
  • Appeals and complaints processes
  • Department of Social Protection – welfare payments
  • Most people with disabilities get day-to-day support from families and disability service providers – voluntary bodies funded by the HSE
  • Entitlements to any of these supports not guaranteed
disability allowance
Disability Allowance
  • Physical, sensory, intellectual disability or mental health problem expected to continue for at least 1 year
  • 16-66 years of age
  • Means test > €120 per week counted as income
  • Habitual Residence Condition
blind pension
Blind Pension
  • Blind/serious visual impairment 18 years and over
  • Means test > €120 per week (rehabilitative employment) counted as income
  • Free Travel Pass and may qualify for blind welfare allowance (also means tested)
occupational injuries benefits prsi payers
Occupational Injuries Benefits (PRSI payers)
  • Injury benefit (unable to work,26 weeks from date of accident) then illness benefit/DA
  • Disablement benefit (loss of physical/mental faculty, do NOT have to be unable to work) – incapacity supplement (if not entitled to illness benefit)
  • Constant attendance allowance (personal care needs due to disability acquired at work)
personal assistance
Personal Assistance
  • No one national system of eligibility and applications
  • Apply to individual service providers e.g. Centre for Independent Living, Irish Wheelchair Association
  • Or to Disability Area Manager, HSE (Denise Donlon, Disability Care Co-ordinator, 091 775852)
assisted living iwa
Assisted Living (IWA)
  • Personal care (washing/dressing), domestic care (cooking/feeding), social support (shopping/outings), essential overnight/weekend care and assistance to access employment/education
  • Self directed or supported package (service coordinator administration)
  • Galway office phone - 091 7715 email  -
disability officer nuig
Disability Officer, NUIG
  • Register with DSS, Evidence of Disability form, FULL time students only
  • Supports include: additional tutorials/grinds, special exam requirements, materials in alternative formats, etc.
national advocacy service
National Advocacy Service
  • People with disabilities who cannot access their entitlements on the basis of disability (children and adults)
  • Advocate’s role is to support person to assert their rights, not to decide what is in their ‘best interest’
  • Josephine Keaveney (086 0201095) Advocacy Manager for the Western Region
appeals and complaints
Appeals and Complaints
  • Social welfare appeals process
  • Internal complaints within service providers
  • HSE ‘Your Service Your Say’ Complaints process
  • Ombudsman
social welfare appeals office
Social Welfare Appeals Office
  • Complain in writing within 21 days
  • Ask DSP to review – may consider new evidence
  • May be informal oral hearing – don’t need legal representation but is allowed
  • Decision of Appeals Officer generally final
service provider complaints process
Service provider complaints process
  • General guidelines: complain in writing, within a reasonable time frame from when the incident occurred
  • Many service providers have Human Rights Review Committees who also hear complaints about human rights violations
hse your service your say
HSE Your Service Your Say
  • Attempt to resolve locally, or complaints officer will review within 30 days
  • Director of Advocacy can review this decision within 30 days
  • If unsatisfied, approach the Ombudsman’s Office
  • Complaints about all public bodies
  • Within 12 months of incident, attempt to resolve with body first
  • Ombudsman Link Service: Galway Citizens Information Centre, Augustine House, St. Augustine Street, Galway
  • Complaints handled informally, sometimes investigation required
useful resources
Useful resources