Monday, December 11, 2017


The Wills Project in Inclusion Ireland

Inclusion Ireland has been running a project for over two years, that assists people with additional support needs to make a will. As an organisation, we are supported by the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), a project under the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), which links non-profit organisations who have a legal need with legal professionals, without any cost attached....

Sexual and reproductive healthcare issues facing women with disabilities

Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) focuses on respect for home and family. The Article reaffirms the right of persons with disabilities to marry and have a family, to have access to reproductive and family planning information and education and to have the means to exercise these rights. Both the UNCRPD and broader women’s rights treaties reaffirm the right of women with disabilities to decide on the number and spacing of their children.

Child Care Proceedings and the Family Rights of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland

International research shows that parents with intellectual disabilities are many times more likely to have their children taken into care than parents without disabilities. Both the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stress the need to recognise the family rights of people with disabilities.

Inclusion Ireland News Update – April 2017

UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women As part of their consultation on the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) met with a group of women with disabilities at Inclusion Ireland’s offices.

Avoiding Loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability – Lessons from the IDS-TILDA study

What are the circumstances in a person’s life that best help them avoid or overcome loneliness? For some people as they age loneliness is an ever-present risk. Mounting losses to social resources and deterioration in health increase the risk of experiencing loneliness.

Re-location, re-shuffle, re-institutionalisation?

National housing policy for people with disabilities promotes the move from large residential settings to community-based living (with four people the recommended maximum number sharing the same residence).

Editorial: Parents with an Intellectual Disability

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The theme of this issue of Frontline is Parents with an Intellectual Disability. Parents with an intellectual disability tend to be invisible to support agencies—up to the time that some concerns are raised about their parenting capacity. That is more likely to emerge in child care proceedings taken by the Child and Family Agency, which has a statutory remit to...

The Shadow of an Archaic System

In an Ireland that twelve months ago voted for marriage equality, there is still a category of persons for whom having a relationship is not legally clear. For people with intellectual disabilities, beside the usual challenges of meeting a significant other, there is an onerous legal shadow hanging over them in the shape of an archaic system and a more recent law that is nonetheless just as restrictive and prohibitive.

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.

The social wellbeing of children of parents with intellectual disability

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.