Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 41

ASSESSING AND ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Prof David Felce from the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities Applied Research Unit, examines the changing pattern of residential services in Britain and offers suggestions on ways of enhancing the quality of life of people receiving residential support. The number of people living in large hospitals in England and Wales has fallen by over 70 per cent in the...

GUEST EDITORIAL

Our Current Issue theme of Relationships raises more questions than it answers. The topic of many angst-filled TV talk shows, documentaries and soaps—how we relate to each other—is bound to fascinate humankind long into the new millennium. For people with a disability, particularly a learning disability, relationships may not necessarily exist in traditional coupledom, cohabitation or marriage. As in other...

SEXUALITY AND RELATIONSHIPS—THE NEED TO KNOW

There are three main reasons why services and their staffs cannot ignore the issue of sexuality. Ordinary lives: Our aim is for people with learning disabilities to live ordinary lives. We promote this in housing, employment, education and so on. We cannot then draw a line and say that these people cannot have ordinary relationships and sexual experiences! Relationships...

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF BEING A PARENT WITH LEARNING

There is now widespread acceptance of the idea that people with learning difficulties should be able to live an ordinary life in the community. For most people, an ordinary life means marriage and children. Do we hum and haw at this point and say: ‘Ah, well, we don’t mean that ordinary’? And if not, then how can we best...

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUALITY

In discussion with frontline staff about the areas of their work that they find most challenging—and about which they feel most vulnerable—personal development and sexuality of service-users is consistently mentioned. Similarly, listening to our self-advocacy groups and the Galway Service Users’ Council, the issue of relationships is frequently raised. Parents and family members can also find the issue of...

RELATIVE VALUES: BARBARA AND KATE POWELL

BARBARA: I knew the moment Kate was born that something was wrong. I had a very nice midwife, who said: ‘What do you think it is?’ and I said straightaway: ‘I think she’s got Down Syndrome’. My other children had come out fighting, but Kate was bluish and floppy. Definitely different. She was an extraordinarily pretty baby—small, 6lb 6oz, and...

FRIENDSHIP

Anne, what age are you and where do you live? I’m 44, and I live in Tallaght. Yvette? I’m 22 and I live in Coolock. Anne, how long are you here in Work Options and what have you been doing? I’ve been here a good while. I was at Templeogue Training Centre and transferred to here. I did a child care course and worked...

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT—THE WIDER DIMENSION

Japanese author S.I. Hayakawa told the story of a man who was asked if he could play the violin. ‘I don’t know’, he answered. ‘I’ve never tried.’ In each of us there are unknown possibilities and undiscovered potential. An open self-concept allows us to continue to expose ourselves to new experiences, thereby continuing to discover more and more about...

CLEAN SWEEP

January 1998 saw the formation by the Daughters of Charity Service of the Horizon-funded project ‘Clean Sweep’. Identifying a need for meaningful work opportunities for a particular client group, the services explored several work areas. Examination of clients’ skills and possible openings in the marketplace led to the concept of a garden and grounds maintenance service was identified. An...

AG FÁS LE CHÉILE SAN AOIS NUA—BUILDING BRIDGES—BREAKING BARRIERS

An Irish-Swedish language and drama project grew out of discussions and collaboration which began early in 1997 between a group of teachers from KFTD (Kare Further Training D , Co. Kildare) and Polhenskolan, Lund (Sweden). The idea was formalised into a Lingua project (within EU Socrates Programmes which promote European cooperation in education). The project was designed to be...