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...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
When people ask us as what we do as workers in services for people with Intellectual disability, in general we explain our role as ‘supporting’. That’s what we do; we support people in every area of their lives, ‘from cradle to grave’. We want people to do normal things, to attend school, to socialise, to work, and overall to participate fully in their communities.
Vulnerable children with vulnerable parents Studies show that families where parents have cognitive difficulties, including intellectual disabilities (ID), are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. Both parents and their children often live under poor economic conditions, are socially isolated, have little or no access ...
It is well known that disabled parents, especially parents with ID, are having their children removed from them at a much higher rate than other parents. The evidence used to support custody deprivation (in the absence of any solid evidence of neglect or abuse, which of course does happen) will often draw upon mundane events and observations from everyday life that become distorted, exaggerated, misinterpreted or given an unwarranted significance. This type of practice initiated the study we want to tell you about.
People with Disabilities have a right to have a sexual relationship like everybody else. The relationship should not be made a big issue because this about the both people in the Relationship and not family or Disability Services.