Will Government Ministers and TDs listen properly to the needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities & their Families? I don’t think so, because Government and most TDs don’t think the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and their families are important enough.
As we approach the possibility of a government being formed, it’s worth reflecting on what is required of a new Health ministry with responsibility for improving the lives of people with disability and their families.
I have been asked to outline why I am a candidate for the Seanad election. Put simply the Dail is the assembly of publicly elected representatives who elect the Taoiseach, eventually, and to whom the Government report. The Seanad is elected by less than 1,200 people, namely the members of every County and City Council, the newly elected TDs and the outgoing 60 Seanad members.
Will Government Ministers and TDs listen properly to the needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities & their Families? I don’t think so, because Government and most TDS don’t think the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and their families are important enough....
This issue has a number of articles on the upcoming spring election. Politicians will be falling over themselves trying to convince constituents to vote for them, on the basis that they have the best contribution to make for our collective wellbeing. Their promises will be breathtaking but worth very little—as the nation knows from countless past elections.
One thing is certain; disabled people of all sorts need to be involved in environmental politics, because if we're not part of the conversation, decisions that divide us will be developed. "Nothing about us, without us". As a disabled person who has had an interest in environmentalism for a while, one thing has always struck me - whenever the issue of climate...
The Lunacy Regulation Act of 1871 is an act that stops people with intellectual disability making their own choice, and refers to us as “idiot, lunatic, or of unsound mind, and incapable of managing himself or his affairs”. Today, the courts service lists the reasons adults are admitted into Wardship as ‘who may require the Court’s protection because of mental incapacity’.
Recently I have been travelling the country for work meeting many different groups of people including people with intellectual disabilities, families, carers, employees and people who provide all kinds of services. Various topics have been on the agenda including money and finances, social inclusion, moving on from congregated settings, medical decisions, relationships or making a will.
This was the question asked to a group of people with intellectual disabilities doing a course in Independent Living Skills in The Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin. They live with either their family or in a hostel, or in their own apartments.
People with Intellectual disabilities are not supported or encouraged to register to vote, or to vote, in Ireland by government or their agencies, who can set up and organise, advertise and have training workshops around the country. This could be done with the help and support of disability advocacy organisations.