Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Conferences

NAMHI AGM

They’ve been doing it for 38 years now, and the NAMHI AGM is a well-run gig. (I’ve always considered that my £10 sub for individual membership is fantastic value. Annoying expenses like travel, food and accommodation apart, the AGM itself is a free event, with valuable freebies of reports, literature, information, camaraderie and craic.) Ann Donovan, President of NAMHI and...

CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR

An educational day entitled ‘Different approaches to challenging behaviour’ was presented by professionals from the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) and St Michael’s House in the Stakis Hotel, Dublin, on 26 March. A general introduction by Dr Nigel Beail on psychotherapeutic services for people with learning disabilities was followed by two two-hour workshops. Workshop presenters had themselves used...

NATIONAL PARENTS AND SIBLINGS ALLIANCE

Will politicians soon face a more formidable, cohesive lobby group of families representing persons with learning disabilities? This is the aim which the National Parents and Siblings Alliance asserted at its first AGM in February. Delegates from parents and friends associations across Ireland attended the meeting in Dublin. They approved a constitution and elected officers for the coming year—Seamus...

CNEASTA CONFERENCE—BUILDING ON EXPERIENCE

The annual Cneasta Conference was held this year in the Tullamore Court Hotel on 27–28 October with the theme ‘building on experience’. The conference was officially opened by Jacqui Browne, Chairperson of the NRB. Tony Tyrrell, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, updated delegates on national developments and gave a concise overview of the next round of European funding, which...

SIBLINKS GET SERIOUS AS THEY SET THE AGENDA IN THEIR SECOND NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Veronica Cleary, Chairperson, opened the Siblink Conference in UCD on 19 September 1998, attended by approximately sixty delegates. She highlighted the many achievements of the group: siblings, as individuals, had moved from position of no voice, no ear, and no consultation—to establishing a national committee of siblings with a constitution, newsletter, mailing list and mission statement. The double agenda of...

PARTNERS IN ACTION: INCLUSION INTERNATIONAL’S XII WORLD CONGRESS

The twelfth World Congress of the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap was held in The Hague on 24-28 August 1998. The congress agenda for human rights and social justice for persons with learning disabilities was put forward strongly in many languages and in different ways by parents and family members, carers and professionals. It was...