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Winter 2017 Issue – Editorial – Autism and Rights

In Ireland, outcomes for many people on the autism spectrum are poor. Autistic spectrum conditions do not receive the same recognition here that they do in other countries. Awareness by society of autism is still quite low, particularly about the needs of adults on the spectrum. This makes genuine ‘inclusion’ in Irish society hard to achieve, as adjustments from others are often required to enable people with autism to become full participates in all aspects of society.

Experts by training and experts by experience

Many years ago, when I was a young Clinical Psychologist developing a professional interest in serving the autism community, one of the best pieces of advice that I received from my clinical supervisor was to think of autism not as a disorder, but as a different way of being in the world. ......

Framework for Quality of Life: a staff training course

The course is based on the most widely accepted and up-to-date understanding of quality of life and happiness. It is for organisations who strive to provide high quality Person Centred Plans (PCPs) and effective Positive Behaviour Support Plans (PBSPs) as required by statutory regulations and HIQA. The course is aimed at service users with high dependency needs, such as people with a significant intellectual disability, severe autism......


Christmas Special Edition 2017

Frontline's special 'best of the year' edition is here! Fully printable. For those that still enjoy a hard copy-Please pass it on. Have a lovely Christmas everyone.
Susanna Abse and Dr Maeve Hurley

Ag Eisteacht launches ABLE programme to support frontline workers

Ag Eisteacht, a Cork-based charity, has launched ABLE, a nationwide, relational-based training programme to support frontline practitioners working in services such as the health,...

Postgraduate Courses in Disability Healthcare

DCU - MSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice In Dublin City University (DCU)’s School of Nursing and Human Sciences, they have developed a postgraduate educational framework for nurses and .....
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What Day is it Anyway?

Blast from the past. 1990 to be precise. What Day is it Anyway

Research into Bereavement

Have You Experienced the Loss of an adult son, daughter or sibling with Intellectual Disability? The death of a son or daughter, regardless of their...

Useful Resources

Many thanks to Cyrus Dylan from for providing us with these very handy links to some useful info for parents and others. Check them out! Sesame...

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Julien’s success story

The announcement at birth Coping with health problems Hearing problems Taking on too much The ultimate goal Julien was born in July 1983, in...
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One Autistic Mother Struggles to Support and Advocate for her Family

I am an autistic mother to six autistic children. Like any other family, it is love and understanding that binds us, but our struggle to advocate, be understood and supported as autistic family members when work with professionals, therapists, schools has nearly torn us apart mentally, physically and emotionally. 

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. ...


Back in the 1930’s, The New Deal was an imaginative but wholly necessary series of programmes enacted in America between 1933 and 1938. They were inspired and enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability as Parents

The Irish system and attitudes to people with a disability means that the only true advocates people with a disability have are more than often their parents. Remove parents from this equation, and what is left is the current appalling situation unfolding in the care system and the HSE.

The Power of Positive Thinking

I attend Sunbeam House Services every day. I have a lot of friends that I care for. It is important to have a good relationship with friends. In the training centre, I do Art, Pottery, Computers, Horticulture, Woodwork, Literacy and Numeracy, Music, Drama, Hiking, Cooking, Sewing, Sports and Chair Yoga. I also go on trips and holidays.