Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Two Hearts Beat as One

Martin in front of Capitol building
Martin Naughton and his team travelled to America to travel the path of Martin Luther King Jr. in a bid to raise awareness of peoples rights here in Ireland. It has been 50 years since the famous Selma to Montgomery march, led by Martin Luther King and 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed. 2015 marks the...

Failure To Help: An Indictment of Special Needs Education and Training

My experience relates to my daughter Shannon- Shannon has Down Syndrome and her experience highlights the difficulties children with special needs have in getting the opportunity to develop and contribute to society.

Modern Capacity Legislation

For those who have campaigned for modern capacity law through the years, there was an important milestone recently. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 progressed through select committee stage – which is the third stage in a five-stage process of making law. Stages 4 and 5, called report and final stage respectively, are normally seen as procedural and there is genuine optimism that the end of the road is in sight.

Housing Stories

I feel like I would be better off outside of the area. I don’t feel safe in the area because there are some dangerous people there. There were threats being made, and the guards investigated and they asked if there were more threats afterwards. Two weeks later there were more threats made towards me. I said to the social worker “if you can get me out of the area I would be prepared to move anywhere”.

Reading, Writing and Quality of Life

Learning language and how to communicate starts from the day you are born. We use language to explain how we feel about things, and to communicate with people around us. While we are learning speech and ways to communicate, we are learning things that will also help us with learning to read and write (literacy). Being able to read and write is important as it helps us in school, in work and in life generally. So, literacy is one of those areas that if we have difficulties with it, that can have an impact on our quality of life.


In February 2011 I made a decision to contest the General Election –a decision that has changed the course of my life. For ten years I had been trying to advocate on behalf of people with a disability when my son was diagnosed at the age of three with a moderate intellectual disability. He had attended early intervention services with...


For many years the Communication and Supporting Skills Programme and The Pathways to Possibilities training courses for parents have been taking place all over Ireland. The courses have been funded by GENIO and administrated by Inclusion Ireland...


Members of the Advocacy Group, who continue to speak out for themselves and others in Kerry Parents and Friends Association: Michelle O Leary; Josephine Ryan; Jimmy O Shea; Patrick Gallivan; Kathleen Healy and Denise Ridout (not in picture).
In 2009 we set up an advocacy group in The Old Monastery Day Service, Killarney. We spent some time working on personal and interpersonal development which helped our self-awareness and also improved our abilities to be part of a group. Using role play, we developed good communication skills...


Advocacy is an alluring concept. Everything thinks it is great—like apple pie and motherhood. But advocacy, while intellectually seductive, is nothing if it is not complex. An advocate is defined by Webster’s dictionary as ‘one who pleads the cause of another; one who defends, vindicates, or espouses to the cause by argument; a pleader in favour of someone; an upholder; a defender who supports and vindicates.’...

National Advocacy Service

The National Advocacy Service for people with disabilities (NAS) is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board and results from the National Disability Strategy, which also produced the Disability Act. The purpose is to give the person with a disability a spokesperson/interpreter/ assistant, particularly at formal decision-making forums where they might be at a disadvantage. It does not yet have statutory powers...