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25 May 2022

€100,000 to support disabled people living independently in Longford

€100,000 to support disabled people living independently in Longford

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The announcement that €100,000 will be provided locally in 2022, to provide access to digital and assistive technology for disabled people living independently in the community, has been welcomed by Longford County Council.

The allocation for Longford was announced as part of a €2m fund for 11 pilot projects nationwide by the Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte under the HSE CREATE initiative.

The Cooperative Real Engagement for Assistive Technology Enhancement (CREATE) initiative will see service users and providers working together to identify what will make a real difference to individual users of digital and assistive technology (DAT). Digital and assistive technologies are defined as “any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people”.

This local project aims to improve access to those technologies for people who need them, and it will be operated by the HSE Adult Disability Service in Longford in conjunction with Longford County Council.

The project will help identify DAT to support disabled people living independently in the community. It will also facilitate those on a housing waiting list to take up a house when one becomes available. The project will be initiated in the coming weeks and will identify around 10 clients where such support can be offered.

Longford County Council’s application was one of 11 successful projects selected out of 79 entries under the initiative. The local authority is also working closely with the HSE and other stakeholders to update its “Local Strategic Plan for Housing People with a Disability 2021-2025” document, continuing the positive work that has been achieved through the Housing Disability Steering Group to date.

Welcoming the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Peggy Nolan said, “I would like to pay tribute to the members of the Housing Disability Steering Group here in Longford and the HSE for their hard work in bringing this application forward and realising this funding, which will hopefully have a wonderful impact on the lives of people who depend on this type of technology to continue to live independently here in Longford”.

Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon said, “This funding demonstrates Longford’s commitment to supporting independent living and achieving the vision that is contained in our strategy in a manner that promotes dignity, equality of opportunity, individual choice and independent living.”

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