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Geraldine McCabe details her experience of how the Irish education system is failing our children with Intellectual Disabilities. This article was originally a submission by Geraldine McCabe to the UN Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right to education for persons with disabilities, held on 15 April 2015, at Palais des Nations, Geneva.

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.

Sarah Lennon assesses the progress of the proposed capacity legislation, and previews the impact that legislation will have on decision-making for people with an intellectual disability

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.

Frontline contributors illustrate the difficulties associated with independent living for people who live with intellectual disability.

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”.

Deirdre Corby highlights the importance of keeping up your reading and writing skills.

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.

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Fintan K. Sheerin starts off our series of articles on Advocacy with a call for changes in how those with ‘intellectual disability’ are treated by the disability services.

Having worked for more than 27 years in Irish intellectual disability services, nursing and disability education, it is my assertion that, despite the onset of new philosophies of service, not too much has actually changed for many people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland at a fundamental level, and that apparently improved outcomes may actually be changes

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Claire Rodgers talks about her experience of the National Advocacy Service.

I first approached the National Advocacy Service seeking support in August 2011, after I had heard about the work and ethos of the National Advocacy Service. I knew that their key objective was to empower people with disabilities to voice their needs issues and concerns with the support of a trained advocate...

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first meeting of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities (the Commission). Advocacy featured prominently in the work of the Commission. In this article, Jim Winters, Inclusion Ireland, looks at the some of the significant milestones in the development of advocacy for people with disabilities since that inaugural meeting of the Commission in November 1993.

Introduction The 1990s was an important decade for the advancement of human rights of people with disabilities. Internationally, the UN ‘Decade of Disabled Persons’ came...

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Senator Mary Moran, Seanad Labour Spokesperson on Disability, on why she decided to run for office in 2011 and accept the Taoiseach’s nomination for the Seanad.

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...

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Jean Spain outlines the services and positive feedback for the Communication and Supporting Skills and the Pathways to Possibilities programmes

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...