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Nicola Lawless
Nicola Lawless and her husband.

A Kerry mother is pleading with the government to improve supports for young adults with disabilities.
Nicola Lawless has a 19-year-old son called Ben, who has profound intellectual disabilities and requires full time support and supervision.
Prior to turning 18 last year he received respite once a week, however this has stopped as there are no adult respite care places available.
Nicola became gravely ill in February after contracting swine flu and was on life support.
As a result, she’s not physically able to work or care for Ben fully, and she requires help; however despite pleas to the HSE for emergency support, nothing has been approved because of long waiting lists.
Nicola is calling on people to help with her appeal.