In Ireland, with the introduction of the Assisted Decision Making Capacity Act (ADMCA) 2015, there is a move to supported decision making to restore autonomy and respect the human dignity of each person. The guiding principle is that a person should be supported to make decisions for themselves (Donnelly 2016). Under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), there has been a move away from the use of the ICD-10 classification of disability to the language of “those who require intensive support”, which focuses more on supports needed rather than the diagnosis of intellectual disability (Stefansdottir et al 2018).
The struggle to secure a job My name is Mei Lin Yap, I’m 29 years old and I am a young woman and I think of myself more “Like” than “Unlike” everyone else. I am a citizen just like any other! Oh, and by the way I have Down Syndrome. I have been in the workforce for 11 and a half years but many people with disabilities are not as “lucky” as me.
This subject is not an easy one, and is still a taboo topic for many parents, but I believe that our DS sons and daughters will show us the way, as they are naturally loving and caring, and enter relationships easily without any of the hypocrisy usually associated with the subject.
The theme of this edition of Frontline is Human Rights. With this in mind, this article hopes to give you an insight into the Human Rights-related challenges an Assistant Psychologist working in an autism service might encounter on a daily basis. I will give a brief entry-level synopsis of where we are at with Human Rights legislation ...
On the 3rd of December 2018, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Inclusion Ireland hosted an event sponsored by the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) at Liberty Hall, Dublin.
Ireland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in March 2018. It was a victory for human rights in Ireland. Now it is time to make the rights and articles in the Convention real for all people with disabilities.
Disabled Women Ireland is a new organisation that advocates for the rights of all women, including transwomen and non-binary people with disabilities in Ireland. It is the first organisation of its kind.
In 1996, the report of Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, known as ‘A Strategy for Equality’ noted that the Government had committed itself to introduce a Disabilities Act “to set out the rights of persons with a disability, together with the means of redress for those whose rights are denied”. In 2005, almost a decade later, the Disability Act was signed into law by President McAleese.