Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 42

BOOK REVIEW: VASES

The Visual Analogue Self-Esteem Scale (VASES) has been designed specifically for use among people presenting with aphasia. It is an assessment tool intended to aid psychologists and speech and language therapists in rating an aphasic individual's level of self-esteem. The assessment comes with a 15-page user manual and a set of high-quality A4 picture cards, presented in a ring binder....

BOOK REVIEW: EDUCATION AND THE LAW

This is a timely book which provides a comprehensive coverage of the relationship between education and the law since the foundation of the State. The focus on the recent Education Act is of particular interest to everyone involved in education. Furthermore, the analysis of the right to education in human rights law provides insights for both schools and parents....

BOOK REVIEW: BETTER CHOICES–FULLER LIVES: WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND LEARNING DISABILITY AND COMPLEX SUPPORT NEEDS

This training pack includes six independent study units for staff and first-line managers working with people who have a profound learning disability. It has been designed to support individual study, in-house training and established BILD distance learning courses. Unit 1, 'Services, staff and service users' , identifies individuals and groups who may find the material of benefit. It asks them...

EXPLORATION OF OBESITY AND PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

As a country, we will soon surpass the UK in the league of the most overweight nation in Europe. Obesity is fast becoming a serious concern as the most probable cause of ill health. Statistics show alarming rates of increased levels of obesity. This problem is particularly evident in persons with intellectual disability. Obesity can be defined as an...

EXPERIENCING SPECIAL NEEDS IN MAINSTREAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS: A PARENTS’ PERSPECTIVE

Helen Keller is quoted by Gash and Coffey (1995) as saying that 'The heaviest burdens of disability arise from personal interaction and not from the impairment itself'. Children with disabilities are also open to prejudices which can have a profound effect on their social, cognitive and emotional development, and on their self-image. These prejudices may be displayed during the...

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPISTS: WHAT DO THEY DO AND WITH WHOM DO THEY WORK?

Speech and language therapists are employed by health boards and voluntary agencies to assess, diagnose and provide therapy for clients who present with communication and/or swallowing disorders. Disorders of speech, language and communication generally make it difficult for people to express themselves and/or to understand the spoken or written word. The role of the speech and language therapist is...

MARY’S MANTRAS

When the Beatles were communing with the Maharishi in India, I was changing nappies as I made my own contribution to the population explosion of the '60s. In the '70s, I was working full-time--supporting those same progeny--and mantras weren't even missed, just forgotten. In the '80s, as a PAYE worker during the state's most punitive tax regime, I struggled like so...

RAMPS AND MARK 2:1−12

It struck me one Sunday recently that access for the disabled was the subtext of the Gospel story of the paralysed man. He arrives outside the synagogue to see Jesus and can't get in--because of the press of the crowds, it says, but I bet there were a few rogue steps there as well. Limited technology means he's a...

HOW FAR CAN LAW TAKE US?

Change through legislation and constitutional challenge is the road that the disability movement has taken in many countries. With the publication of the Commission Report Strategy for Equality in 1996, Ireland started on the same track. But how effective is legislation in advancing the cause of people with disabilities? In an Irish context, is it a full-scale motorway to...

NAMHI EASTERN HEALTH BOARD REGIONAL

24 February 2000, Davenport Hotel, Dublin The annual regional meeting of NAMHI for the Eastern region drew a keenly interested attendance to hear President Ann Donovan, Gerry Ryan and Deirdre Carroll report on the past year's work--giving a flavour of the forthcoming NAMHI AGM in May. A review of NAMHI's image and role is under way, seeking new ways to...