Monday, December 11, 2017

Frontline Issue 39

Book Review: Walls of silence

At first glance, for people familiar with the disgraceful neglect of people who have been patients in the state's large mental institutions, Annie Ryan's Walls of silence might seem old news. Not so. Annie’s in-depth historical analysis of policy and practice gives us a good insight into how a country, now in an economic boom, continues to tolerate unacceptable...

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT McALEESE ON THE OCCASION OF THE GRANT OF THE FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY AWARD FOR 1998 TO IRELAND (New York, 5 May 1999)

The Irish people take a real pride in being the recipients of this Award which is presented annually to a nation that makes noteworthy national progress towards the goal of full participation of citizens with disabilities as encouraged by the United Nations World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons. While we feel privileged and pleased to be the recipient...

SUZANNE PLANS HER FUTURE IN SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

STEP Enterprises, a service of the Hospitaller Order of St John of God, provides a variety of work options to approximately 140 men and women with a learning disability. Work options are provided through three commercially managed businesses: Property Services, the Cosy Kitchen and MERC. Over the last number of years STEP Enterprises has also established an Employment Support...

ENHANCING THE PARTNERSHIP—MORE OF THE SAME.

The Department of Health has never claimed that it has a just and equitable policy for the delivery of services for people with a mental handicap. Anyone who thought that there would be any change in this deplorable state of affairs when the 1990s policy document, Shaping the future, was published must be sorely disappointed, especially as equity was...

THE FEDERATION OF VOLUNTARY BODIES

The number of organisations within Ireland, both voluntary and government, which offer a service for people with learning disabilities and their families is often bewildering. When we extend this to the number of organisations offering information worldwide, things really start to get confusing. Fortunately the growth of the worldwide web has meant that a large majority of these organisations...

TRAINING WITH A DIFFERENCE

AIKIDO AT THE OTC ! Fourteen students on the National Certificate in Applied Social Studies (Rehabilitation) course with the Open Training College geared themselves up for three days of intensive workshops on ‘learning styles and systematic instruction’. What ??? Read on .... The workshops were facilitated in a relaxed and informal way by Richard Harris, Principal Lecturer at Bolton Institute, and...

THE MOUNT ANGEL TRAINING CENTER

Mount Angel is a small town in west coast Oregon, USA. Land in the Willamette Valley is fertile, with prosperous market-gardens and nurseries; most residents are farmers, small businesspersons and commuter to nearby Salem or Portland. In the past quarter-century a large number of Mexican and Russian workers have also settled in the area, but most of Mount Angel's...

WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE FUTURE

SERVICE FUNDER For some years the Western Health Board (WHB) has recognised the value of working closely with service providers and recipients of the service. The strategy document Enhancing the partnership, in an attempt to establish a structured approach to coordinated planning, identified a dual model of consultation—the Mental Handicap Services Consultative Committee and the Mental Handicap Services Development Committee....

BORDERLINE

Borderline National Association of Ireland held its first Annual General Meeting on 25 April 1999, in Barry’s Hotel in Dublin. The association, which aims ‘to provide support, information and guidance for parents and carers of persons having a mild mental handicap’, was formed in 1997, following Marie Murray’s interview on the Pat Kenny Radio Show. At a subsequent public...

PARENTS’ FUTURE PLANNING GROUP FORUM

It was an emotional evening in Ballymun, Dublin, on 22 April 1999, when the Parents’ Future Planning Group (on the campaign since 1994) spoke to a full hall on the topic of legal action in support of rights. The first speaker was Vincent Browne—en route to his radio show. This time, his topic was not Gogarty versus Goliath, but St...