My name is Mei Lin Yap and I am a young woman with an intellectual disability. I have teamed up with a fellow Trinity graduate, Margaret Turley, to start a Society in Trinity College Dublin. I met Margaret on a lecturing project in Trinity College in which we were both involved.
Disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan, with representatives of more than 100 disability organisations nationwide, led a public demonstration in Dublin on Thursday, March 30th 2017, seeking to highlight the 10-year anniversary of Ireland's failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
The current policy and programmatic environment in Ireland is transitional, as Ireland begins preparations for a major shift away from congregate service models towards more individualised and socially inclusive options for lifestyle and other supports for persons with disabilities. Some of that shift, in the form of an ongoing systematic transformation of service models, has already taken place in a relatively small number of Irish agencies.
Before you leave the house every day, you have already made numerous decisions. You have chosen when to get up, you have chosen whether or not to brush your teeth, you’ve chosen what to wear, and you’ve chosen what to eat for breakfast. Without realising, you have made a significant amount of decisions.
Lesson from the courtroom: attitudes to parents with intellectual disabilities in childcare proceedings
In late 2015, the Child Law Project published its final report. This was a three- year project, where the team of lawyers and academics, led by journalist Carol Coulter, sat in on over 1,200 child care cases.
Research with parents with intellectual disability This paper provides a summary of current evidence about the lives of children of parents with intellectual disability. Typically, knowledge about these families reflects a research focus on parenting by mothers who are known to social services.
To form a family of ones own In the online video, We are a Family (IDRS 2012), the interviewer asks Charole, “So when did you decide you wanted to be a mum?” Without hesitation she responds, “Forever! As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a mum.”
As a thirty-five-year-old woman I’m about to celebrate my first year as a home owner. I now have a front door and a place that reflects who I am. A place I call my own. Most importantly I have a home that allows me to feel safe and to grow as a person....
Good morning all, thank you to Paddy and the team at Inclusion Ireland for organising today’s event and the invitation to speak with you today. My name is Avril Webster and I am here on behalf of our son Stephen who is 18 and leaving school next month. I am here today to talk about choice....
Disability is not a tragedy; it is a fact of life. But often people’s experience of disability can be tragic. Disabled children and adults, all full of wonderful gifts and passions, can be treated as if the only thing important about them is their impairment....