Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (645)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

645. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the grants or other funding available for a sensory room in newly built houses for children with non-verbal autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21630/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department provides Exchequer funding to local authorities to support the Housing Adaptation Grants for People with a Disability in private houses.  These grants are available to assist in the carrying out of works which are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability who has an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment. 

The detailed administration of the grants, including the assessment, approval and payment of individual grants to applicants, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. The types of works allowable under the scheme include the provision or adaptation of rooms, for example downstairs toilet facilities or a sensory space, and the provision of stair-lifts, access ramps, accessible showers, adaptations to facilitate wheelchair access or other works which are reasonably necessary.