Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Conferences

NATIONAL HOME-SHARING AND SHORT BREAKS NETWORK, BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: STEPPING FORWARD

The need for respite is regarded as a necessity and a crucial component in the provision of support to people with disabilities and their families. The word ‘respite’ has many connotations; it is generally understood to be an opportunity for the main carer to take a break or have a holiday. However, respite also provides positive opportunities to children, young people and adults with disabilities to make new friends and enjoy relationships outside of their immediate family circle...

SITTING AT THE EDGE OF INTELLIGENCE

Psychotherapy for people with intellectual disabilities is an area of clinical practice that sadly is often overlooked. Specialist training is very difficult to access in Ireland, so the one-day seminar, Sitting at the Edge of Intelligence, was an extremely valuable opportunity to hear expert in the field, Dr Alan Corbett, speak of the key issues that need to be considered when working therapeutically with people with intellectual disabilities...

THE ASSISTED DECISION-MAKING (CAPACITY) BILL 2013: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

An informative seminar on the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill 2013, was held on 6 February in the offices of the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin, organised by Inclusion Ireland, Leap and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy of NUI Galway. It was presented by Dr Eilionóir Flynn of the NUIG Centre...

NATIONAL ADVOCACY SERVICE CONFERENCE My life, my say, my way

The National Advocacy Service (NAS) held its first conference My life, my say, my way, in Dublin Castle on 9 September 2013. NAS was set up to provide an independent, confidential service to the person with disabilities and it is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board. It operates through five regions, each with a manager and a team of advocates. Its aims are to keep the person at the centre of services and to enable people to follow their own wishes wherever possible...

THE FOURTEENTH HEALTHCARE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CONFERENCE, SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

The 14th Healthcare and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, which took place on 6–7 November 2013, was opened with a keynote address by Jonathan Irwin (founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation)...

SUPPORTING PEOPLE THROUGH CHALLENGES: Conference Report

The Talbot Group, in association with the British Institute of Learning Disability (BILD), organised a symposium and conference on supporting people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and challenging behaviour, in the City North Hotel, Dublin, on 27-28 November 2013. Dr Tony Woods, CEO of the Talbot Group, and Ann Chivers, CEO of BILD, welcomed participants to the two-day event...

TALKING STRAIGHT ABOUT SERVICES

Recently I had the opportunity to listen in on the staff conference of an Irish intellectual disability service organisation. Christy Lynch had been invited to set the ‘National Context’ for the day’s discussion. No better man! He continues to visit other countries, and other continents, as supported employment guru; he has recently been elevated to the status of ‘De-institutionalisation...

THE LAW AND PEOPLE WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY: An Inclusion Ireland Conference hosted by the Law Society of Ireland, 19 October 2011

John Costello, President of the Law Society, welcomed the conference delegates to the resplendent surroundings of the Society’s premises at Blackhall Place and congratulated Inclusion Ireland on their 50th anniversary. Freda Finlay, Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland, outlined the background to the conference and stressed the need to update Irish law in relation to people with an intellectual disability. Our...

Building a picture of ageing in persons with intellectual disability: Future directions for ageing well

The launch of the first wave of results of the Intellectual Disability Supplement of the The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) was coupled with a one-day conference in Trinity College Dublin that took place on 9 September 2011. The conference was entitled ‘Building a picture of ageing in persons with intellectual disability: Future directions for ageing well’. The purpose...

Joint Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability and IASSID Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health SIRG, 2011

This joint conference was held on 1–3 September 2011 in the Palace Hotel, Manchester, UK. The European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability is a European and interdisciplinary organisation that promotes research and exchange of knowledge on all mental health related aspects in people with intellectual disability. IASSID is an international association for the scientific study of intellectual...