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Friday 18 April 2014

Case study: Still waiting on help to build bathroom for disabled teen

ANTOINETTE Norris cares for her daughter Demi (16), who suffers from Cohen syndrome, and her son Adam (7), who is autistic.

She says she is still waiting on a grant to build a ground-floor bathroom at their house in Finglas, north Dublin -- even after her severely disabled daughter fell and broke her nose.

Ms Norris applied for a Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability Scheme (HAGs) more than two years ago, but the family is still waiting.

"It's just one thing after another with them," Ms Norris told the Irish Independent.

"I sent my application in over two years ago, and then they got back to me saying it wasn't good enough.

"They wanted an occupational therapist report, so I sent that in."

She was later informed that her application had been unsuccessful, and was asked for additional information.

"I don't know what to do now," she said.

Ms Norris's other children, Mandy and Sam, won the Young Carer of the Year Award two years ago.

She and her daughter are at risk of falling every time she helps Demi upstairs to use the bathroom.

Irish Independent

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