Press Release

Central Remedial Clinic looks to the next decade – Statement by Minister McGrath

A five-year strategic plan, published by the Central Remedial Clinic, is set to take them into the next decade and will ensure that new service models are properly bedded in, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD has said.

The Independent Alliance member and Dublin Bay North TD this morning launched the CRC Strategic Five-Year Plan, Towards 2021. The Plan, which was a year in the making, has involved work with the Board and Management Team and an extensive consultation process with clients, staff and stakeholders.

Minister McGrath said “The CRC meets the needs of over 4,000 children and adults with disabilities, some of whom have complex needs, with the excellent services provided at its schools in Clontarf and in Clondalkin. Its adult training and development services are so important, as are the clinical and specialist services which it provides at its centres in Dublin, Limerick and Waterford and through its outreach services.”

The Minister added that as a national provider of certain specialist services – such as assistive technology, specialised seating and managing difficulties around feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing – its work is invaluable to the lives of those who depend on them.

The Minister congratulated the CRC on its role as a strong advocate with and on behalf of people with disabilities – a role which has contributed to the shift in the ethos of how services for people with disabilities are provided.

The Minister concluded“This sits well with my commitment, as Minister for Disabilities, to do my very best to empower all people with disabilities to live self-directed lives. A key commitment in the Programme for Partnership Government is the establishment of a Task Force on Personalised Budgets, which I launched in September.The Task Force’s remit is to make recommendations on a personalised budgets model which will give people with disabilities more control in accessing health-funded personal social services.This will give them greater independence and choice in accessing services which best meet their individual needs”