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Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland


 
 
The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) is an organisation working for disabled people, promoting independence and equal opportunity through mobility, education and training. The organisations members are people with disabilities themselves.

DDAI operates its National Driving Assessment Centre at the DDAI Headquarters in Ballindine, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. The centre is equipped with the only Static Assessment Unit in the country and provides assessments to learners drivers, as part of driver rehabilitation or to benefit older drivers.

Our driving school is unique in that it is the only year round residential driving school in Ireland. Driving lessons in diversely adapted vehicles are given as part of an intensive programme of driving instruction.

The association operates a general information service on all disability issues and entitlements, offering specialist information and advice on all aspects of disabled driving; motor insurance, purchase and adaptation of motor vehicles and the Disabled Drivers / Passengers Tax Concession Scheme, Motorised Transport Grant, driving abroad, car hire for people with disabilities and many other subjects.

Members of our association enjoy benefits including discounts on purchase of new cars, discounts on ferry travel, a health insurance group scheme representing a saving on premiums and an educational bursary available to members who wish to pursue a course in higher education. Members can also avail of a free AA breakdown service, holiday accommodation at a nominal rent and the association’s magazine “Steering Wheel” free of charge.

The Disabled Drivers Association is accredited by the Department of Transport to issue the EU Disabled Persons Parking Card. This card is valid across all member states of the European Union.

Ability Enterprises

DDAI’s subsidiary Ability Enterprises operates from a purpose built accessible facility. A large selection of assistive technology devices and software are available to assist those with visual impairment or dexterity and mobility loss Training Modules from FETAC Level 3 to Level 5 include: Communications, Office Procedures, Information Technology, Personal Effectiveness, Computer Applications and Work Experience. Programmes teach skills in MS Office – MS Word, MS Works, Powerpoint, Excel, Access and specialist software such as JAWS.

All programmes carry certification accredited by FETAC, ICS Skills, City & Guilds and FAS (I.A.S). A distance learning programme is available to severely disabled people unable to attend the centre. Short term community courses under the E-Inclusion initiative occur twice each year.

Shopmobility Ireland

Shopmobility is the provision of manual wheelchairs, powers wheelchairs and scooters to members of the public with limited mobility. This service is available without charge at DDAI / Shopmobility units at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22; Dundrum Town Centre; Mahon Point Centre, Cork and the Whitewater Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Wheelchair hire can also be arranged at each of the units.  Some volunteers also provide reduced Disabled Drivers Association services from these locations also


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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