Coogan Concerned About Deficit In Services For Disabled

“Knockevin Special School music therapy is one of many key services under threat and they have been left to fund themselves until someone in authority can confirm future funding. Respite provision for families of those with a wide range of disabilities is underfunded and the fight to get a few hours of respite can be such an ordeal that most people simply don’t apply. [caption id="attachment_22572" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Down District Sinn Féin Councillor Micky Coogan has called for improved services for disabled people across the area."][/caption] “The changes in Home Help provision mean older and isolated vulnerable people have two or three different people coming to their doors and this at a time when they are asked to be careful who they let in to their homes. “The Trust hail Care in the Community as a huge success and use this as a justification to close residential care homes and respite facilities. And while some aspects of community care are working, many more are failing the people they are designed to serve. “There is also a threat over the future of the Hearing Impaired Unit at St Colmcilles in Crossgar and once again the decision makers are ignoring the benefits of this service in order to save minimal amounts. Home Start in Ballynahinch and Newcastle are also fighting for survival – the list is too long to include everyone. “I believe these issues need to be addressed by our local Council and the agencies working together with the communities affected. I also believe Council have issues to address, such as the deficit in play facilities for children with disabilities and we are simply not doing enough to serve the many families/rate payers in our district who are entitled to access services,” added Councillor Coogan.]]>