Appendix 2 Specialist Services for Persons with Disabilities

Early Childhood/Family Support Services are provided for children with developmental delay. Services range from assessment and early intervention, child education and development, home support and pre-school services, family support and counselling, crisis intervention and relief care.

Residential Care is available where it is not possible for a person with a disability to live with his or her family. It is provided in variety of settings such as independent and semi independent living, community group homes and residential centres, on a five-day, seven-day or shared care basis ranging from high, medium to low support.

Respite Care supports people to live with their families in the community and is provided in residential and non-residential settings. It includes recreational and social activity programmes, summer camps and holiday/family breaks.

Day Services are a key component of support services that enable clients to live within the community. Services include day activation, special high-support and special intensive day services for adults and developmental day care for children.

Specialist services are provided for persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder including residential, day, respite and outreach/family supports.

Specialist Day and Residential Brain Injury Services are provided in specialist day and residential settings for clients with Acquired Brain Injury.

Rehabilitative Training provides foundation level personal, social and work-related skills to participants to enable them to progress to greater levels of independence and integration.

Sheltered Workshops provide a range of programmes and opportunities that include work activation, supported work in the community, personal and social development.

Community-Based Medical, Nursing and Therapy Services are provided by a team of professionals who work together to provide an integrated service to a person with a disability. Services include social work, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, community nursing, and psychology.

Aids and Appliances such as wheelchairs, splints and other aids to performing activities of daily living play an essential part in enabling persons with a disability to live as independent and fulfilling a life as possible within their home and community setting.

Home Support Services are provided to assist persons to continue to live at home and to provide respite for carers. Services consist of :

  • Personal assistant service, which involves the employment of personal assistants by people with disabilities to enable them to live as independent a life as possible. The PA provides assistance at the discretion of the person with the disability and this may involve providing assistance with tasks of everyday living such as personal care, household tasks and outside the home, whether in a work or social situation, thus promoting choice and independence for the person with the disability.
  • Homecare assistant service, which provides personal support including washing, dressing and other activities of daily living, and facilitation in social, leisure and recreational activities.
  • Home help service, which provides domestic type support e.g. cooking/cleaning etc. but in many cases where home care assistants are not available the home help may also provide support of a personal nature e.g. washing or dressing.

Financial Allowances are intended to alleviate some burden of disability and include mobility, domiciliary and blind welfare allowances.

Miscellaneous Support Services are also provided to support people with disabilities. These include counselling, advisory, advocacy, information and general support services.