Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Department of Health
Disability Services Provision
478. To ask the Minister for Health the reason assessments of needs for children with disabilities are only provided to children who were born after 2002; his views on whether this cut off point is discriminatory; if he will consider extending the provision of assessments to all children under the age of 18; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36331/16]
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.