Friday, November 24, 2017
Sarah Lennon

Editorial: Human Rights Are Universal

Human rights are universal and that means they apply to us all. Yet the language surrounding human rights and their instruments can mean that human rights are not universally understood. Many people don’t feel connected to them or that they offer solutions or opportunities for inclusion. Terms such as UNCRPD, optional protocol, progressive realisation, periodic review and enforcement mechanism don’t feel very user-friendly.
Len Collin directing Kieran Coppinger

Finding Sanctuary through Performance

I have great admiration for actors. I started my career as a thespian and know how tough and demanding it is to learn lines, remember blocking and handle props, without lapsing in concentration, losing your accent or dropping your character. ...

A dream to visit Hollywood comes true

I like to travel and I have been to lots of different places around the world. I have travelled to France, Italy, Spain, England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand my family. I also went to Greece in 2011, where I represented Ireland in Men’s Basketball at the World Special Olympic Games. ...

From the archives: Autism

Unexpected Joy

"I have learnt far far more about the human condition, and what it truly means to be alive from just being with those with learning diabilities than I have from any eminent teacher or book."

Provision of Autism Services Leaving Much To Be Desired

My daughter Francesca has autism and graduated from St Paul’s Special School in June of this year. In 2013, I had contacted our local Disability Manager. She told me that the school and the family would have to identify a service that best suited her needs....
Kyle

QUALITY OF LIFE: What does it mean when your child has...

Quality of Life can mean a lot of things to society as a whole. For most people, it means a good job, nice house and car, family and money for luxuries, and then you are pretty much all set - right?...

AsIAm

‘Back to School’ is a stressful time for many students and their families, with the competing financial, academic and emotional demands. However it can be particularly challenging for students on the Autism Spectrum. Students with Autism need routine, struggle with many sensory environments and can find it hard to communicate or socially interact with their teachers or fellow students...

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Physical activity generally refers to exercise and physical fitness as important elements of a healthy lifestyle. Approximately 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is...

HERE WE GO AGAIN

In the earlier days little was known about the autistic conditions themselves, and very few parents and professionals knew much about evidence-based practices. Not...