Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Deirdre Corby introduces HIQA‘s new guide and leaflet, designed to support people who use services in making their own decisions about their lives.

HIQA have published a new guide called Supporting people’s autonomy: a guidance document, and also a separate explanatory leaflet called My Choices: My Autonomy. The reason for putting this guide together was to help support people who use services to make their own choices and decisions about their lives.

Adrian Noonan, self-advocate PRO at Inclusion Ireland, wishes for greater awareness of the needs of people with intellectual disabilities at all levels of the democratic process.

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.

Paul Alford shows the possibilities for decision-making and living an independent life in the community, available to people with disabilities with a positive attitude and support from helpful people.

Paul Alford

My name is Paul Alford. I have worked for Inclusion Ireland for the last ten years as a self-advocate. I believe in rights for all people with intellectual disabilities. I believe all people should live as independently as possible .....

Deirdre Spain, a person with a learning disability tells how technology has helped change her life in many ways.

Deirdre-Spain at desk

My first experience of technology was when I got a TV for my bedroom. Of course my family’s TV was in the sitting room, but this was my own to look at whatever I wanted. My parents were against this as I might be lonely in my bedroom and spend too much time on my own...

Clare Hudson examines a number of devices and applications designed to assist and develop technology skills for people with disabilities.

For many people, devices such as iPods and iPads have become an extension of their arm. They give us so much at the touch of a screen. They keep us up-to-date on the everyday movements and special events of those who may not be in close proximity....

Brian Manning interviews John Byrne about his extensive travelling around the world.

John Byrne Train

How many holidays have you gone on? I’ve lost count, I tend to remember the big ones. Do you travel by yourself or do you go with other people? I go mostly on my own, like if I go around Europe I'd tend to go on my own. Where is the most exotic place you’ve visited?......

Eilish King shows us an innovative idea for recording, keeping and showing your treasured life experiences in electronic form…

Have you ever noticed that as we grow older it becomes harder to remember important stories and information about our lives? These memories hold lots of information about ourselves, and the way we like to live our lives. Life stories can be a good way of gathering up the stories and information about ourselves, so that we can make sure we continue to live our lives as we would like.

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.