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# wheelchair

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# Disability
'Left high and dry': Wheelchair users hit out at damage caused while flying
‘What’s not understood by airlines and baggage handlers is that the wheelchair is basically somebody’s legs.’
All time
# pain
Bertens leaves court in wheelchair after stormy Roland Garros clash
The tie featured 24 breaks of serve with the Dutch star firing 61 winners but committing 63 unforced errors.
# accessibility
Irish Rail accused of 'just not caring' as scale of lift problems at train stations revealed
Over the last two years there have been multiple instances of lifts being out of order for more than 20 consecutive days.
# Cuisle Donamon
Roscommon locals to rally against closure of holiday resort for people with disabilities
The Irish Wheelchair Association says its closing down the resort because of “serious issues” with the building.
# Darren Noonan
'It's been a long wait': Two anonymous callers donate €8k for spina bifida patient's wheelchair
Darren Noonan has been waiting seven months for a new wheelchair, but has been unable to secure funding.
Column: 'We waited for three hours on the side of the road in the dark and cold. I'm sick of it'
This is an issue that wheelchair users face on a daily basis, writes Linda Byrne.
# killeagh
Cork three-year-old waiting for wheelchair forced to spend time on the ground on all fours
His parents say that his dignity and safety are compromised daily.
'I started using a wheelchair at 18 and instantly became isolated but I just want to be wanted, like everybody else'
‘People get tired of the fact that I live with my physical issues every day as if it’s a burden for them’, writes Niamh Ni Ruari.
# Irish Rail
DART pilot project to reduce advance notice for disabled passengers from 24 to four hours
Shane Ross has said the 24-hour travel notice period disabled passengers must give Irish Rail is ‘unacceptable’.
# Workplace Relations
Cork barber fined €2,000 for refusing to cut the hair of teenager with cerebral palsy
The Workplace Relations Commission found that the barber discriminated against 13-year-old wheelchair-user Thomas Bermingham on grounds of disability.
# Japan
Airline apologises after wheelchair user forced to crawl up steps to board plane
Vanilla Air has apologised to the man following the incident.
# accessibility
'Some kind of penalty may be necessary' - new campaign may mean fines for blocking footpaths
A new disabilities campaign launched yesterday will see increased efforts made to keep Dublin’s footpaths clear for those with disabilities.
Father vows to run marathon while pushing daughter in wheelchair
Keith Russell was blown away by the support his family received and now wants to raise money for a respite centre in Meath.
# Unacceptable
'Stupidity is not a handicap': Minister warns motorists to stop parking in disabled designated spots
Finian McGrath hit out at the behaviour of he drivers whose actions he described as unacceptable.
# Cerebral Palsy
Parents fear son will miss hospital appointments as they can't afford to replace van
Margaret Butler and Michael Power have called for more financial support to be given to carers.
# nujeen mustafa
Escaping a warzone in a wheelchair: This teen has turned her incredible story into a book
She is still waiting for her asylum approval to come through.
# Portugal
Man spent 43 years using wheelchair following incorrect diagnosis
61-year-old Rufino Borrego was incorrectly diagnosed as having incurable muscular dystrophy when he was 13.
# mini mac
This disabled kitten was found by a vet so they built him the cutest wheelchair
And the video of him trying it for the first time is so popular.
# Court
Man left in wheelchair after axe attack
Jonathan Donovan was sentenced today for hitting Paul Doyle in the head twice with an axe.
# trespassing
Wheelchair-user awarded €132,000 after court finds gardaí falsely imprisoned her
The jury found gardaí had trespassed and falsely imprisoned her in her home while questioning her about a missing iphone.
# Leitrim
Mother of nine takes first steps in 21 years after being diagnosed with MS
“I thought this can’t be real, I just have to keep this up … I walked 100 steps, that’s like a marathon to me.”
# Comeback Girl
This woman responded to Kylie Jenner’s wheelchair photo shoot by doing her own
Well played.
'I remember the whole thing. I dived in and hit the bottom of the pool. I knew something was wrong'
Last summer while Jonathan Ranson was on a J1 visa in San Diego, he broke his neck in a swimming accident. Here he opens up about his recovery and returning to college.
# Awareness
Felix Jones' own close call has him leading the charge for wheelchair accessibility
Jamie Heaslip and David Wallace will be joining the Munster star in attempting to travel from Aviva Stadium to Thomond Park while in a wheelchair.
# here to help
'The cashier came out of the kitchen, sat down, and began helping the man to eat'
An uplifting story for your Thursday evening.
# here to help
A McDonald's cashier's lovely act of kindness for an elderly man is going viral
An uplifting story for your Thursday.
# Take a Break
'Chance the dog has taught me there's nothing anybody can't do'
Take a break and look at this pup’s new life.
# crowdsurf
That ‘best photo from Glastonbury’ isn’t from Glastonbury at all
The photo is from a festival in San Francisco.
# Tension
Joanne O'Riordan and her brother verbally abused on train for moving bags from wheelchair space
“People should have the decency to know that people in a wheelchair might actually want to get on the train and might want to go out and enjoy themselves.”
# amazing
Paralysed three years ago, Jack Kavanagh is about to embark on the original American road trip
“When you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything – that’s what all this is about.”
# Dublin Bus
A Dublin bus has turned away a wheelchair-user...
Caroline O’Leary was turned away from a number 13 bus as a child’s buggy was occupying the wheelchair space on board.
# Washington DC
Man in wheelchair rescued after falling onto subway tracks
The man was quickly pulled from the tracks by two bystanders.
# Sorry
Limerick mayor says picture of his car parked in disabled space is political... but he is sorry
Kevin Sheahan has apologised for the blunder and said it won’t be an event that is repeated.
# yeezus
Everyone's angry at Kanye West for telling a fan in a wheelchair to 'stand up' at a gig
The rapper is in the middle of an arena tour of Australia.
# Hopeful
The 6-year-old boy who was shot in Dublin last month is now in a wheelchair
Seán’s mother Gillian said her son’s life has changed forever.
# Hope
Blind adventurer to give TED talk on hope four years after becoming paralysed
Mark Pollock said he was told to accept his situation but since his accident he has delved into the world of robotics and is looking at finding a possible cure for spinal injury
# no access
Man in wheelchair carried off DART as no ramp available at Donaghmede station
Irish Rail said they would like to apologise to the customer featured in the video clip for any distress that was caused to him.
# inaccessible
Expert says disabled child's home needs overhaul - council says there's no money
Seven-year-old Kady Weakley has had a number of falls in her house as the walls and doors are too narrow for either her wheelchair or her walker.
# Stolen
Family of child with cerebral palsy appeal for return of wheelchair accessible car
The little girl was asleep in a downstairs bedroom when burglars came in through the front door and stole car keys and a number of electronic items.
# good will
Good will messages and donations flood in for Lauryn Tracey whose wheelchair was stolen last week
Following’s article last week about five-year-old Lauryn’s wheelchair being stolen, the family have been inundated with help.