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Frontline Issue 106

Mei Lin Yap’s latest article details her new Disability Inclusion & Advocacy Society in Trinity College, Dublin.

My name is Mei Lin Yap and I am a young woman with an intellectual disability. I have teamed up with a fellow Trinity graduate, Margaret Turley, to start a Society in Trinity College Dublin. I met Margaret on a lecturing project in Trinity College in which we were both involved.

Defining supervision is a rather complex task, writes Jenna Doogan. “The struggle to define supervision reflects a growing recognition of how complex the supervisory process is”. Benefiel and Holton, (2010).

Not so long ago I conducted a piece of research to explore and investigate supervisors’ and managers’ experiences of supervision in the workplace in Not-for-Profit organisations. According to Share and McElwee, p163 (2005), professional supervision is a partnership process of ongoing reflection and feedback between a named supervisor and supervisee to ensure and enhance effective practice.

Disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan led a massive demonstration on the Rights of People with Disabilities to Dail Eireann, Dublin on March 30th 2017…

Joann O'Riordan

Disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan, with representatives of more than 100 disability organisations nationwide, led a public demonstration in Dublin on Thursday, March 30th 2017, seeking to highlight the 10-year anniversary of Ireland's failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

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“The Minister said that this day service will play a vital role for services users and parents as they face the challenges of adapting to different life choices and growing independence. I commended Praxis Care who work tirelessly to support adults with special needs to realise their dreams and achieve their full potential, which allows them to participate and contribute fully in the communities in which they live.

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The process of organising and hosting a remembrance service for people with an intellectual disability who have died – Philie Sheehan’s project details one of the significant aspects of bereavement care for families of people with disabilities.

The birth of a child is the beginning of a process of change for every family. New roles and routines are established, relationships altered, new and varied friendships formed and experiences in the wider community take on a different perspective. The birth of a child with intellectual disability brings all of these changes along with the added dimension of a link and relationship with a service provider.

Brendan Broderick draws distinctions between the visionary perspective of leadership, and the implementation aspect, between the family's and the service's viewpoints, and the dynamics of culture vs those of strategy...

Reference to leadership increasingly arises in the context of managing change. The focus in this paper is primarily on the implementation aspect of leadership. There is also of course the visionary, identifying-new-horizons aspect of leadership. However, at this point in the evolution of intellectual disability services in Ireland, there is no dearth of vision per se.

February’s CSO figures brought bad news for people with disabilities. It showed that while poverty levels are starting to improve generally in Ireland, they are actually getting worse for people with disabilities. This is despite the appointment of a Minister of State with special responsibility for people with disabilities in 2016 and the preparations ...

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.