Friday, November 24, 2017

Editorial: Election Promises – Meaningful or Hollow?

This issue has a number of articles on the upcoming spring election. Politicians will be falling over themselves trying to convince constituents to vote for them, on the basis that they have the best contribution to make for our collective wellbeing. Their promises will be breathtaking but worth very little—as the nation knows from countless past elections.

Let’s Talk About Bullying…

‘Let’s Talk about Bullying’— was the title of a seminar held by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University on 3 December 2015—International Day of People with Disabilities. Bullying, whether in schools or communities, at work or in the social media, is a concern for families...

Individualised Funding in Ireland: Identifying and Implementing Lessons from Elsewhere

Traditionally, public funds allocated for people with a disability have been distributed among service providers to deliver a suite of services to meet all personal, health and social care needs. However, recent years have seen a greater emphasis on, and attendant policy shift toward, what has been called individualised funding. I

Greening Disability Politics

One thing is certain; disabled people of all sorts need to be involved in environmental politics, because if we're not part of the conversation, decisions that divide us will be developed. "Nothing about us, without us". As a disabled person who has had an interest in environmentalism for a while, one thing has always struck me - whenever the issue of climate...

A self-advocate on why the Lunacy Act Ireland 1871 had to be repealed

The Lunacy Regulation Act of 1871 is an act that stops people with intellectual disability making their own choice, and refers to us as “idiot, lunatic, or of unsound mind, and incapable of managing himself or his affairs”. Today, the courts service lists the reasons adults are admitted into Wardship as ‘who may require the Court’s protection because of mental incapacity’.

‘How I learned to stop worrying and love the Capacity Bill’

Recently I have been travelling the country for work meeting many different groups of people including people with intellectual disabilities, families, carers, employees and people who provide all kinds of services. Various topics have been on the agenda including money and finances, social inclusion, moving on from congregated settings, medical decisions, relationships or making a will.

What would you say to a politician if one called to your door?

This was the question asked to a group of people with intellectual disabilities doing a course in Independent Living Skills in The Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin. They live with either their family or in a hostel, or in their own apartments.

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.

‘ Your Power, Your Vote’

Dan Ryan
My name is Daniel Ryan. I attend Sunbeam House Services in Bray. In 2011 I made a video called ‘ Your Power, Your Vote’. The video was about politicians and politics and voting. I talked about how important it is to vote. I also spoke about how to vote and when you need to vote.

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!!