Monday, December 11, 2017

Empowerment

A life worth living

I was delighted to come to Inclusion Ireland’s Personal Budgets event in Dublin, as the new minister displayed his commitment to giving people and families in Ireland more control over their support.

Capacity Law: A major review of The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

Last December, the President of Ireland signed a new piece of legislation into law that has the potential to affect every adult in the State: the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The Act governs the law in relation to adults who are experiencing difficulties with decision making,

Assisted Decision Making – Implications of the Legislation

The Assisted-Decision Making Act is now the law of the land, so we have a bit of a wait until the law comes into force later this year - enabling us all some time to get our heads around the implications of the new law and how it will practically change all of our lives.

New Guide published by HIQA to help support Decision Making

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.

Elections and People with intellectual Disabilities

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.

Mei Lin’s questions for politicians seeking election

If a politician called to your door, what would you say to them? My name is Mei Lin Yap and I am a young woman with Down Syndrome. I WANT TO BE A CITIZEN, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER!!

My new life in my new apartment

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 .....

Technology is my window on the world

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...

Using Technology to Support and Develop Communication Skills: iPods, iPads, Androids, Apps and Skype

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....

Ramblin’ Man (taking the Scenic Route…)

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?......