Celebrating Ireland's extraordinary lives
Shane and his mother Theresa are featured in Extraordinary Lives, a book being launched tomorrow to mark the 50th anniversary of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) whose 20,000 members, staff and volunteers are committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities throughout Ireland.
The book charts a changing society, from a time when most people with special needs lived behind the closed doors of institutions to enjoying full, active and independent lives in communities today.
It also celebrates the achievements of individual IWA members through the decades: people like Martin Naughton, a champion of the independent-living movement who was sent from his native Spiddal as a child to be reared in a Dublin institution, Paddy and Micheál Saunders, driving instructors with the IWA, Anne Ebbs, a founder of the Paralympic Council of Ireland, Yvonne Fahy, who became disabled following a car accident at the age of 24 and many others.
Extraordinary Lives costs €24.99, is available from Easons stores nationwide and directly from the association at www.iwa.it/book. All proceeds go to the Irish Wheelchair Association.