Monday, December 11, 2017

Families

Parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities: Messages from research

In the early part of the 20th century, persons with intellectual disabilities found themselves treated as social pariahs. By some accounts, the ‘feeble-minded’ were moral degenerates and the root cause of society’s ills. Allowing them to reproduce was for many, at that time, unthinkable.

Parenting with Intellectual Disability: what does it take to make it work?

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.”

Home Sharing in Intellectual Disability Services in Ireland

Home Sharing in intellectual disability services has existed in Ireland for the last thirty years as an alternative option to the traditional residential and respite care models of support offered to people with intellectual disability and their families. The last ten years has seen further developments in Home Sharing...

My Life, My Way – Reflections from an Individualised living arrangement

Fran and Molly
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....

Families and improvement in Intellectual Disability

I have a real interest in services for people with intellectual disabilities growing into their full potential. Over the last while I have been asking the following question: What if an intellectual disability service could find a way to capture all of the voices involved in it ...

Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability as Parents

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The Irish system and attitudes to people with a disability means that the only true advocates people with a disability have are more than often their parents. Remove parents from this equation, and what is left is the current appalling situation unfolding in the care system and the HSE.

Local supports in the ordinary places of rural communities

Dolan Family
It's not often that in life you get a chance to be involved in something that really captures your interest and your enthusiasm. Social Farming has for me, as it has for Miriam, Ben (14), Saoirse (12), James (11) and the rest of my wider family.

Homesharing Schemes – Muiríosa Foundation

The Muiríosa Foundation provides both respite and long-term support though the Share a Break and Room to Share schemes. The Share a Break scheme has been developing over the past 30 years.

Will Government Ministers Listen to People with Disabilities?

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.

The fight for residential accommodation for the disabled – My story

Our story begins in June 2012. At the time, I was 25 years old and my brother John was 22 years old. We lost our mother three years previously and now we had just lost our father. Our father’s death was sudden and we were completely unprepared. My brother John has an intellectual disability and had been living in the family home with my father as his carer.