Monday 26th April, 2021Minister of State for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has received confirmation that the criteria for Housing Adaptation Grants include the installation of sensory rooms.
A Housing Adaptation Grant for Older People and People with a Disability is available from local authorities if you need to make changes to a home to make it more suitable for a person with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability or mental health difficulty. The Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, confirmed to Minister Rabbitte that the grant can be used by families to convert or install a sensory room in their home.
Minister Rabbitte commented,
As the Minister for Disabilities, I know all too well the impact a sensory room can have on both children and adults with disabilities. It’s great that the Housing Adaptation Grant can be utilised for this, which I’m sure will be of huge interest to families across Galway, particularly children with autism.
These specially designed rooms can help stimulate all five senses and help create a relaxing atmosphere for children, adults, and their families. Equally, such a space can also help someone when they feel overstimulated. Schools often have sensory rooms installed and are a huge support for children and I know some parents may feel it’s worth having something similar at home.
Minister Rabbitte concluded,
The maximum Housing Adaptation Grant paid out by Galway County Council is €30,000 for houses erected more than 12 months and €14,500 for houses erected for 12 months or less, with the level of grant payable also dependent on an assessment of household income. If there’s anyone who needs assistance with this around Galway, you’re always welcome to get in touch with my office and my staff will be happy to assist,”