Tribute to Sean Gardiner
Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT) would like to pay special tribute to one of our original core members, Sean Gardiner, who was with us since the commencement of the pilot project and did pioneering work in sharing his lived experience of managing a Direct Payments model. Sadly, Sean passed away in November 2012. However, the legacy of his involvement with ÁT will remain with us for many years to come. In agreeing to pilot Direct Payments with ÁT, Sean has greatly contributed to a significant body of knowledge that paves the way for flexible services and independence for people with disabilities for many years to come.
ÁT would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work from all of Sean’s support team, including his family and his Personal Assistants (PAs), who worked tirelessly to support Sean in his journey to Direct Payments.
Special mention must be given to Sean’s family, who, during very difficult times, ensured that Sean’s support company was wound down, and that employees were supported to seek new employment. ÁT staff and members extend their sympathy for your great loss and our sincere gratitude for the contributions that Sean and his support team have made towards Independent Living for all people with disabilities throughout Ireland.