Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 44

FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION

The Education Act (1998) has given an unprecedented guarantee of legal entitlement to appropriate education to every person in this state, including all those who may have special educational needs, and this is now becoming a reality for rapidly increasing numbers. But the revolution from excluding or ignoring 'mental defectives' (in the language of the early twentieth century) to...

SUMMER IN DUBLIN

SUMMER PROJECT 2000 AT ST AUGUSTINE'S 'Summer projects' began in the Liberties area of Dublin in 1973, when the Catholic Youth Council assisted local people to develop a programme for about 200 young people for the summer months. A summer project is a planned programme of recreational, educational and community-based activities for children or young people, organised by adults. A variety...

Book Review: BETTER HEALTH

This independent study pack is designed for frontline staff working directly with people with a learning disability. The course has been produced to support individual study, organisational training and established BILD distance learning courses. It is linked to an accreditation system validated by BILD. The pack comprises six stand-along study units which, when studied in sequence, provide a spiral approach...

Book Review: Creative arts and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities: Education, therapy and leisure

The cover of this book is immediately appealing to the senses. Looking at the pink and white exploding fireworks, we almost hear them and anticipate the tactile stimulation of being touched by falling sparks. After the introduction, the book is set out in four chapters, dealing with Sensory Experience, Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts. The difficulty of integrating pupils...

PUTTING THE ‘CAMP’ INTO CAMPAIGN: AN ACCOUNT OF THE DISABILITY CAMP-OUT

We camped out at Dr Steevens Hospital (ERHA) to draw attention to the plight of eighteen-year-old Sean O'Neill who was seeking an appropriate residential service. The history of the camp-out began fifteen years ago. Most parents and families of individuals with a learning disability remember that mid-'80s election slogan: 'Health cuts hurt the old, the sick and the handicapped.' And...

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

Once every four years, just like the Olympics, world experts on learning disability meet to share knowledge and pool information on innovations, breakthroughs and best practice. Seattle was definitely the place to be at the beginning of August to hone in on the study of intellectual disability, whether from a very discrete area of interest or a very broad...

SPECIAL EDUCATION: A CELEBRATION

IATSE's twelfth annual conference was held in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, from 8-10 June 2000- Attended by over 350 people--including teachers, parents, psychologists, social workers--the conference was deemed a great success by all. The conference was officially opened by the Minister of State for Children, Ms Mary Hanafin, TD, and Tim O'Brien gave the keynote address. Tim is Principal...

MIDSUMMER AND INTO THE ‘NEXT’ MILLENNIUM

South Armagh was on my agenda for years, but because of political difficulties I waited for a good reason to visit this well-kept beauty secret. The first Tommy Makem International Festival of Song was held from 3 to 10 June 2000 in the heart of the Ring of Gullion, a geological formation of hills and mountains circling Slieve Gullion. Tí Chulainn...

OFFENDERS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Services for the relatively small number of people with intellectual disabilities who are at risk of criminal offending have been much neglected in the past. Professor Glynis Murphy from the Tizard Centre (University of Kent, UK) reviews the reasons for this and identifies the type of information which is needed if quality services are to be developed for this...

‘THE STATE’S BREACH OF DUTY’ AND QUALITY SERVICES–Two realities

'It was either rage or oblivion; I chose rage.' That's how Cathleen O'Neill explains her (most recent) campaign in support of her son Sean (see page 14). The same words must apply to the stark choice faced by others before they put their heads above the parapet to demand appropriate services for their child with a disability--Annie Ryan, Marie...