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Frontline Issue 41

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Mary McEvoy, Deputy Editor

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...

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The Eastern Health and Social Services Board (NI) and the four community trusts in its area have organised a series of information-sharing meetings about new initiatives with service users, support workers and carers (see Frontline 37, 22). Roy McConkey, University of Ulster and EHSSB, reports on the presentations and discussions at a workshop held last spring on the topic of sexuality and relationships.

There are three main reasons why services and their staffs cannot ignore the issue of sexuality. Ordinary lives: Our aim is for people with...

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Learning disability services in Ireland are seeking to address adult service- Users’ needs for information and skills in the area of interpersonal relationships. Dave Travis, Social Worker, Brothers of Charity Services, Kilcornan Centre, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway describes personal development courses within the Brothers of Charity Services in County Galway.

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...

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Kate Powell is 20 years old. She is taking a two-year vocational access course at South Thames College, works in the Down’s Syndrome Association office one day a week, belongs to La Rondina Dance Company and is a member of Dolphins swimming club. She lives with her parents in London, and has four older brothers and sisters. Kate’s mother, Barbara, is on the management committee of the support group, Contact-a-Family.

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...

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Anne Perry and Yvette Goslin met and became friends about a year ago at Work Options (a unit which supports adults with learning difficulties on the north side of Dublin). Pat Kelly and Flo Goslin spoke with Anne and Yvette about their 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...

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Maureen Dunne describes the latest enterprise devised within the Daughters of Charity Services in Dublin

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...

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Cathy Connolly Frieda Bent KFTD, KARE Co. Kildare Fourteen students from KARE took part in Ireland’s first-ever joint educational project for language learning involving students with learning disabilities.

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...