This is Joyce Sheerin’s bright idea for Greater Leinster.

Providing an affordable wheelchair accessible transport service for people of all ages.

HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY

Easi-Cab Travel Club charges greatly reduced fares to its members. 

The members benefit from a door to door service, which is filling a gap in affordable transport provision for people with disabilities and mobility impairments.  The largest proportion of  its members require transport to day care centres.  Medical and hospital appointments account for the second highest use of Easi-Cab‘s services.

Almost 50% of people living with a physical disability experience difficulty with going outside the home alone.

Transport services to and from St Vincent’s Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital to parts of South County Dublin and North County Wicklow would otherwise be very difficult and expensive without Easi-Cab Travel Club’s affordable and accessible services.

Easi-Cab has a bus which has in excess of 350,000 KM and needs to be replaced. A contribution towards its replacement through KBC Brighter Ideas Funds, is now requested as this accessible and affordable transport service is essential for people with disabilities to engage in community life, education and access healthcare services.

While the organisation has secured funding from other sources, there is a shortfall which the organisation currently cannot meet. It is hoped that the bus can be replaced by the end of 2017.

The Disability Federation of Ireland’s Transport and disability Factsheet (published online on 12/02/2016) referenced the CSO National disability survey, states that almost 50% of people living with a physical disability experience difficulty with going outside the home alone. Therefore an improvement to the availability of accessible transport is essential for people with disabilities to engage in community life, education, attend healthcare services and employment.

It can have a huge impact on an individual’s quality of life. People with disabilities regularly mention the lack of accessible transport as a major barrier to inclusion within Irish society. (Murphy, K. Et al. 2007. The quality of life of older people with a disability in Ireland).