New HSE health passport for people with intellectual disabilities

The HSE has launched a new health passport for people with disabilities.

The launch, in Letterkenny this week, was attended by health representatives from Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Northern Ireland.

The health passport is a document to help people with intellectual disabilities getting equal access to healthcare.

It will also let healthcare staff know all about the abilities and needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

Earlier this week Niamh Walsh, a PhD researcher of the health passport at Ulster University, and Paul Gallen Jr., a young man with Down Syndrome who is the lead actor in a short film about the passport, presented President Michael D Higgins with a copy of the document.

Niamh has been telling Ocean FM News about the importance and value of the passport: