Monday, September 25, 2017
Frontline Issue 101

Photo: Theresa Thompson

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.

Mary de Paor recently attended the seminar held by DCU’s National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC). Here she reviews the various contributions on the subject, delivered by a range of experts from Ireland and the United Kingdom...

‘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...

Padraic Fleming looks at the area of Individualised funding for people with disabilities in Ireland and uncovers positive efforts to effect better support for people with disabilities including intellectual disability.

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

Chris Lowe draws an interesting correlation between environmental and disablement concerns, and argues that rather than being distinct, the two may be mutually complimentary – it is necessary to consider both when legislating for change to improve conditions for people with disabilities, and for society as a whole…

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...

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Adrian Noonan, self-advocate PRO at Inclusion Ireland, details the Lunacy Act Ireland 1871.

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’.

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Sarah Lennon looks forward to the benefits for all of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013, which passed all stages in the Seanad on Tuesday, 15th December following many hours of debate.

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.

General Election 2016 is just around the corner, and the question was put to the Living Skills Group in Trinity College Dublin to see what their thoughts were on the issues to be brought to the attention of our politicians as they seek our votes...

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.

Adrian Noonan, self-advocate PRO at Inclusion Ireland, wishes for greater awareness of the needs of people with intellectual disabilities at all levels of the democratic process.

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.