Epilepsy Ireland submit Budget Proposal on issue of access to Free Travel

Epilepsy Ireland have today written to the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Heather Humphreys; Minister for Finance, Deputy Paschal Donohoe; and Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Deputy Michael McGrath outlining proposals regarding access to Free Travel for people with epilepsy.

We are seeking that the Ministers make provision in the upcoming budget to provide funding to the Department to make the Free Travel scheme more accessible for people with epilepsy.

Key Epilepsy Ireland Advocacy campaign featured in NAI pre-budget submission

Our ongoing campaign around access for Free Travel for people with epilepsy has been featured in the Neurological Alliance of Ireland’s 2022 pre-budget submission.

We believe our ask is extremely logical and simple given the unique challenges with travel that people with epilepsy can face due to the nature of their condition.

Our ask around Free Travel is included as follows:

Epilepsy Ireland’s Training for Success recruiting students for the 21/22 academic year

For the 23rd year, Epilepsy Ireland are currently enrolling students for their renowned Training for Success course in IT Sligo.

This QQI Level 5 course is specifically targeted at people with epilepsy whose educational or social development may have been impacted by their condition which in turn has affected their ability to gain employment or pursue further education.

Epilepsy Ireland & OACS Ireland urge Minister to act immediately on Sodium Valproate commitments.

Alongside our colleagues in OACS Ireland, we have written to the Minister for Health regarding the lack of progress on the key issues which we have been campaigning on in relation to Sodium Valproate (Epilim).

In our correspondence to the Minister, we have identified three issues which must be urgently addressed and which require a renewed focus on by the Minister & his Department officials. These are as follows:

AsIam seeking feedback from adults with autism - can you help?

Our colleagues in AsIam – one of Ireland’s leading Autism charities – are seeking feedback from adults on the autism spectrum about a new programme they are hoping to launch.

The proposed programme aims to combat social isolation in autistic adults and AsIam are keen to receive feedback from as many people as possible to gain valuable insights on the challenges faced by autistic adults.