Monday, December 11, 2017


Getting To Individualised Options in Ireland: The Present Leadership Challenges

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.


Back in the 1930’s, The New Deal was an imaginative but wholly necessary series of programmes enacted in America between 1933 and 1938. They were inspired and enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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....

Housing Stories

I feel like I would be better off outside of the area. I don’t feel safe in the area because there are some dangerous people there. There were threats being made, and the guards investigated and they asked if there were more threats afterwards. Two weeks later there were more threats made towards me. I said to the social worker “if you can get me out of the area I would be prepared to move anywhere”.

Andrew Murray’s Story

Andrew-Murray eating food
Born in Hong Kong 7 April 1992. Moved to Dublin in July 2000- I have one older brother, James and a younger Sister, Lianne. I love travelling and meeting people. I play golf, table tennis and basketball with Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics club. I won a silver medal for golf at the national games in Limerick last year. I did the CCL course in Trinity College from 2010 to 2012.

Something meaningful to do every day should be a right enshrined in law

Youth unemployment in Ireland is currently over 22 percent, and Irish parents are heartbroken watching their young adult sons and daughters emigrate to far away shores for work as there is nothing here for them. As difficult as this is, these young people are, in my opinion, lucky as they are able to emigrate and find a meaningful occupation elsewhere...


The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies welcomed publication by government of the Value for money and policy review of disability services in July 2012. The National Federation engaged with the review in a spirit of constructive cooperation since its start date and is now looking forward to further engagement with the Department of Health...

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Knowing how much your service costs gives you more power

Seamus had a dream all his life to live in his own house. He wanted independence. He wanted peace. He wanted freedom from what he saw as the stigma of living with disabled people. There was plenty of scope for worry. Would he be lonely? Would he be able to call for help if he needed it? Would he...

All you ever wanted to know about direct payments but were afraid to ask

‘Direct payments is a generic term used to describe the provision of funds by the State, directly to people with disabilities, for the purpose of purchasing a range of supports and service’ (Egan 2010, p 6). Direct payments may be used to pay for all forms of support such as therapy, equipment, the purchasing of support services and the...

Money Counts

St John of God Carmona Services and MABS, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, launched MoneyCounts, a new on.line money management training programme for people with intellectual disabilities on February 11th at the Stillorgan Park Hotel. The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin TD officiated at the launch. The project was developed in a partnership between Carmona Services and...