Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 38

Siblings

Siblings will accompany their brothers and sisters on their journey through life longer than anybody else, but until the founding of Siblink (the national association of adult brothers and sisters of persons with intellectual disability) we did not have a voice. We have not always been consulted by parents, and certainly never by the state, in relation to our...

NATURAL THERAPEUTIC HOLDING

Recent articles by Christopher Stirling and Albert McHugh explore Natural Therapeutic Holding, an alternative to the use of control and restraint in managing aggression in people with learning disabilities. For a number of years there has been a move away from the use of control and restraint as a method of managing aggression, towards the use of non-aversive methods,...

THE MODEL OF NURSING IN LEARNING DISABILITIES – Part 2.

In my previous article (Frontline 37, 24), I examined the historical aspects that have been influential in the development of societal attitudes towards people with learning disabilities, and whilst many of the events recounted occurred in countries other than Ireland, it would, I think, be somewhat naïve to believe that they did not have an influential effect here. Dublin,...

Entry-level training and rehabilitation: Cutting mercury in a vacuum?

‘Boring’, ‘brilliant’, ‘babyish’, ‘bats’—these were all words my trainees applied to my teaching activities. Popular culture is the norm for most youngsters, and it is hard to compete for attention with the latest video release or ‘sensational’ film offering. My trainees were bright enough (sometimes very bright on some matters) and they had no ‘obvious’ disabilities. Most of them...

AOIFE MURRAY, RUBINSTEIN-TAYBI SYNDROME

As I write this we have just celebrated our daughter’s fifteenth birthday. She had a traditional celebration with plenty of cards and presents, a cake with candles and a favoured outing, this year a family trip to the ‘panto’. All in all a routine event of family life - except that for us each birthday has the additional poignancy...

NATIONAL PARENTS AND SIBLINGS ALLIANCE

Will politicians soon face a more formidable, cohesive lobby group of families representing persons with learning disabilities? This is the aim which the National Parents and Siblings Alliance asserted at its first AGM in February. Delegates from parents and friends associations across Ireland attended the meeting in Dublin. They approved a constitution and elected officers for the coming year—Seamus...

NAMHI

Congratulations on your tenth birthday! You asked me to comment on the past and also on the Review that has just begun in NAMHI. For my own perspective, I think that NAMHI is quite a unique organisation. The diversity in its membership allows it to tap into the expertise of the many disciples involved with, and servicing, learning disability....

IVORY TOWER AWARDS

Was it an ivory tower? It was the top floor of a Georgian building on Dublin’s William Street, heated chiefly by the energetic debates of its Saturday morning inhabitants and mugs of instant coffee. Why create a magazine in the area of mental handicap, anyway? Who would read it? What might it include? Oh, yes it should, Oh no,...

TEN YEARS AFTER

The last ten years have seen very many changes in Irish society. We are now a more affluent nation. All the economic indicators are favourable, low interest rates, low inflation rates, a shrinking unemployment level, unprecedented economic growth rates and lots of disposable income available. On the down-side, the traffic situation has worsened, property prices have soared and there are...

AR AN UISCE: BUILDING A BARGE TO BREAK MOULDS AND UNLOCK DISABILITIES

A brand-new barge—a purpose-built boat for a very special purpose—will make its appearance on the inland waters of Ireland in early July. The 55-foot barge, built in Newbridge, Co. Kildare by Morrell Power Craft, will be crewed by people with an intellectual disability, who will be undergoing training as part of the Ar an Uisce Horizon Employment Project which is...