https://www.cpl.ie/Blog/Building-Your-Career/2018/September/World-Down-Syndrome-Swimming-Championship-2018Mei Lin Yap represented Ireland with Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation, (IDSSO) at World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships.
The aim of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, (UNCRPD) is to ensure that the human rights of citizens with disabilities, the ordinary rights they share with all human beings, are fully and routinely present in their everyday lives. Not really a big ask you might think in the 21st century, but from my experience of doing some support work with disability organisations in Ireland it is in fact a monumental task requiring huge creativity and boldness, some strong nerve and lots of dedicated funding.
As I mentioned in my first article, Julien’s health problems took precedent over his handicap. His biggest problem after his digestive problems was his hearing problem. Julien suffered from fluctuating deafness. He had glue ear for many years, so he was fitted with an ear aerator each year which very often didn’t remain long enough in his ears. So it was decided to enlarge his external auditory canal to no avail. I was shocked when the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor didn’t suggest doing a hearing test to check Julien’s hearing capacity. I was told that the paediatrician or the speech therapist had to request it.
“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...” As astronaut Tim Peake blasted off on his journey to reach the International Space Station, nobody was more surprised than Caroline Geraghty when her young son joined in with the countdown. Up until that point, 5-year-old Hayden had been virtually non-verbal, relying on a series of printed cards to help him communicate. The spark that Tim Peake’s Principia mission ignited opened up new worlds for Hayden, now diagnosed with autism and ADHD, triggering an interest in all things space-related.
Chronic pain is a pain that is present all or most of the time, for longer than three months. People with an intellectual disability may be more likely to experience chronic pain due to associated conditions, lifestyle factors, or because of communication difficulties. The aim of the study was to understand the experience of chronic pain from the perspective of people with an intellectual disability. Four participants from around Ireland took part in one-to-one interviews. Communication was supported with visual aids like body maps and a flexible interview style.