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Lapwd would like to thank everyone who attended our Disable inequality information morning at our Action Ability Center, Mohill. We had a great attendance from all local candidates of the 2016 general election including Gerry Reynolds, Leslie O'Hora, Bernie O'Hara, Martin Kenny, Paddy O Rourke and apologies form Des Guckin.

Kevin McGill Chairperson and director of lapwd, Rosaleen Kielty manager and Leslie o Hora Green Party Candidate.

We would like to thank our Director Joe McGivern for facilitating the meeting Laura English from Disability Federation Of Ireland and Threase Foy for attending our event.

Back Row: Paschal Mooney, Bernie O hara, Imelda Gaffney and Jeanette Berne of IWA. Front: Seamus Ready, Martin Kenny, Teresa Brigdale Dean and Paddy O Rourke
Back row Bernie O Hara, Gerry Reynolds, Paddy o Rourke, Leslie o Hora, Laura English And Martin Kenny, Front: Kevin McGill and Katie Bourke


Leitrim Association of People With Disabilities are glad to announce that we have a  Board of Director Vacancy

Role: This is a very rewarding role as you are involved in making a significant difference to the lives of people with disabilities in County Leitrim. This role is voluntary [expenses will be covered?] and of a 3 year duration?

Director responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis (typically board meetings are every 8 weeks
  • Attend and participate in any special events as require
  • Participate in sub committees as agreed
  • Help communicate and promote LAPWD to the wider community
  • Provide advice and support to the LAPWD Manager, either by telephone, email or in person, if required
  • Become familiar with the finances, budget and financial / resource need of LAPWD
  • Understand the policies and procedures of LAPWD
  • Take leadership on particular area(s) as required
  • Assist with the running of the Board in accordance with the rules of Good Governance

Person Specification

  • Knowledge of the Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Understanding of the running of  a Voluntary organisation with special emphasis on  Governance, Financial  planning and organisational development
  • A particular interest in Disability matters   and the promotion of same
  • Ability to work in a small team and a willingness to state personal convictions
  • The ability to accept a majority decision and be tolerant of the views of other people
  • A willingness to deal openly with staff and colleague Board Members whatever the issue
  • Be prepared to offer personal and business skills and experience to support the work of staff when required
  • A willingness to act as a champion for the organisation
  • The ability to treat sensitive information confidentially
  • Observe good practice for open and consistent communication
  • Commitment to attend meetings every 8 weeks, be part of subcommittees as agreed and attend other events as required



For further information

If this role is of interest to you please email or call Rosaleen at 071 9651000

A full induction will be given and the successful person would have to become an LAPWD member and approved by the Board of Directors.

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Leitrim Association of people with Disabilities as supporters of the Disability Federation of Ireland led Campaign ‘Disable Inequality’ in Election 2016 are hosting an information and Awareness session in our;

Where: Action Ability Centre, Station Rd, Mohill

Day: Friday Feb 5th

Time:10.30am to 11.30am

Tea and coffee will be served

We are inviting all the candidates from Co. Leitrim to attend and hear firsthand the voice of our members and their immediate needs and concerns.

The session will be chaired by an independent person and we will have 3 people put forward the key issues confronting people with Disabilities. We will adhere to the time allocated as we realise your time is very precious during the campaign.

Disable Inequality, a major Election campaign for the disability movement is calling on the next Government to establish a Cabinet Minister for Disability Inclusion.

It is also calling for an end to the anomaly that means that people with disabilities cannot access many Government job activation schemes and the reinstatement of the €150m which has been taken out of disability health services since 2008. This is a grassroots movement election campaign that will engage the public and candidates across all 43 constituencies.

There are 600,000 people living with a disability in Ireland –that’s 13% of the population – a number that is growing as Ireland’s population ages.  Two in three people know or care for an immediate family member, a friend or a neighbour living with a disability. There are 4289 people with a disability living in County Leitrim. (Census 2011)

“This campaign is the first election campaign that gives people with disabilities and their families’ one focus and one voice.”

“Disable Inequality is simple, “With just two words it tells us that it is not the disability that we live with that is disabling.  It is the inequality that we live with that is disabling.”

Ireland is a deeply unequal country for people with disabilities, it is a country where discrimination, segregation and bias is a daily experience for people with disabilities. We’ve had lots of policies, we’ve had strategies, and we’ve had promises.  But we have never had a serious political commitment to ending the unfairness that is a systemic part of life for thousands of people and their families.  In this year of election and reflection we must disable inequality forever. The power of this campaign is in people’s stories, so we have mobilised our grassroots to tell their stories, to highlight the inequalities faced, one story at a time.”

People with disabilities are among the poorest and most marginalized groups in the country.  People with disabilities can’t access many Government job activation schemes because they are not considered to be on the live register.  People with disabilities have to give 24 hours notice if they want to travel by train (maybe a better local transport example). Children with disabilities often can’t attend their local schools because of the lack of basic supports. Does that seem fair to you?”

First, to go to and share their story of inequality, and encourage their friends and family to do the same. We want them to contact their local candidates from our website. And we want them to ask the candidates that knock on their door three powerful questions – What they will do to ensure: the appointment of a full minister for disability; that people with disabilities will have a fair income; and that people with disabilities have the same access to supports and services as everyone else. Disability needs to be a priority in the next Programme for Government. One vote at a time, we will disable inequality.”

We hope you can attend on the day and listen to the voices of people with Disabilities in Leitrim.

The Christmas Season is almost with us again. We wanted to draw to your attention the detail of the office closure over Christmas.

The office of LAPWD is closed on Wednesday December 23rd for the holidays and re-opening on Monday January 4th 2016. Services with clients will of course continue as agreed.

On Behalf of LAPWD we wish to thank you for your co-operation in 2015 and every good wish to you and your families for a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

With a general election in the next few months it is important to remember you can only vote if you are on the official register of electors. The register is being updated and the new one will come into force on February 15th, 2016.

Person casting their vote

How do I know if I am on the register?

The register is available for inspection in all local authority offices, post offices,Garda Stations and puplic libraries. You can check online at

If I am not on the register or am registered at the wrong address what do i do?

The draft register for 2016 was published on November1st and the deadline forgetting on the amended version is this evening (Wednesday,November25th) If you are not on the draft register you have to complete a RFAI form which you can get from your local post office or puplic library and return it to your local authority. The same applies if you want to register at a new address.

It is too late for me to meet the deadline? Does that mean I won't be able to vote in the election?

No need to panic. you can still apply to be included in a suppiementary application form RFA2 has to submitted to your local authority at least 15 days before polling day.

Who is entitled to register to vote?

You must be at least 18 years old on the day the register comes into force on February 15th, and have been ordinarily resident in the state on September 1st of this year.

As the dark evenings are creeping in, so is the chill that comes with the winter months. Staying warm this winter is important for all of us, but more so for people with with pre existing health conditions, very young children and older people.

We have put together our top 5 tips for staying warm this winter, just for you.

A pair of feet in cosy socks leaning against the radiator

1. Heat the House

It is important to keep the house warm, as sitting in a cold house for long time could lead to hypothermia. The temperature of the rooms you use should be kept about 21 Degrees Celsius. If you have a timer, you can set it so the heating will come on before you get up in the morning.

2. Choose Cosy Footwear

Cosy footwear is a must on the cold mornings, so its time to get the fluffy socks from the back of the sock drawer. Who cares if they are covered in multicoloured stripes as long as you can feel your feet. Another alternative to keep your toes toasty is a pair of fur lined boots.

3. Keep Moving

We know it is tempting to curl up on the couch with a hot chocolate and a duvet but we urge you to resist. Doing some exercise helps keep you warm and keep the blood flowing, so your body can maintain it's core temperature.

4. Stock up on Essentials

Just in case you find yourself stuck, stock up on the essentials like food, water and fuel for the fire (or heating fuel). It is important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

5. Be a good Neighbour / Friend

Make sure others stay warm this winter, check on your neighbours and friends, especially should the weather take a turn for the worse. If you are aware of someone who may be particularly vulnerable, make a effort to reach out and offer a seat beside the fire if necessary.

Here at Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities we are very excited to officially launch our new website. After a lot of hard work and dedication, from the LAPWD team in collaboration with Adaptable Solutions, the finished product has  arrived.

Some of our goals with the new website were to make it faster, easier to navigate and more user friendly. Of course it is important to us to maintain our commitment to accessibility throughout, both ease of access to information and ease of use for people utilising assistive technologies.

Our clients are always our first priority and we aim for it to stay that way. So we have taken into account the vast array of digital devices, such as computers, tablets and smart phones, from which our customers may access our website.

One of the most noticeable changes to our website is the revamp of our homepage. From there you can link to all of our services and find out instantly all the latest news and upcoming events at LAPWD.

We wanted you to be able to get to know us better. Browsing through our about us section, you should get a pretty good idea of who we are as a company and what (who) drives our services.

Our team has worked to make sure our website is packed full of information that will be useful to you, our users. We pride ourselves in providing quality service in all areas of operation including our new website. If you have any problems with or feedback about our new website, we would love for you to contact us.

Charity Number: 12005

Website Developed by Adaptable Solutions