Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 45

THE DISABILITY BILL DEBACLE

The Disability Bill was presented to the Dáil before Christmas. According to its preamble it aimed to make ‘further and better provisions for persons with disability in respect of accessibility, and employment in the public service’. It also proposed two entirely new services: advocacy to be provided under Comhairle, and needs assessment to be provided through the health boards....

A GENETIC COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR IRELAND

The National Centre for Medical Genetics was set up in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in 1994; the service is available to both adults and children and their families affected by or at risk of a genetic disorder. The centre comprises three integrated units: a clinical service, a cytogenetic laboratory and a molecular laboratory. This article will focus on...

SIBLING GROUPS

Suggestions from parents concerned about how their children are coping with having a brother or sister with special needs, and their recognition that they may also need support, led us to organise a sibling group within our service. We coordinated two groups for the children over the summer months of 2000- One was held in St Christopher’s Centre in...

MILLENNIUM MUSICAL MOMENTS

The Millennium Musical Moments concert, which was held on Sunday 5 March 2000 at the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy, showcased the talents of 130 trainees from six centres that provide day and residential care for people with intellectual disabilities--NTDI (Wexford), Windmill TTU, Árd Aoibhinn (Wexford), St Aidan's Activation Unit (Gorey), CWCW New Ross and CWCW Enniscorthy. The concert,...

A PROPHETIC CRY

A 215-page book written for those with an interest in relationships between people, people with disabilities and with God, this book is also for those who have an interest in the spiritual dimension of the human person. The book is divided into chapters giving the experiences of different presenters, which gives it additional authority. There are also some provocative...

TALKING TOGETHER ABOUT DEATH

Talking together about death is a very useful resource pack for the families and carers of people with learning disabilities. The authors have compiled a user's guide and five sets of cards which commence with the life-cycles of birds and humans and which address issues of how death occurs, what happens after death, feelings and emotions, and ways of...

LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING DISABILITY

When I joined the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at University College Dublin in 1989, after eleven years as a social worker with those with learning disability and their families, there was little or no specific teaching in the area of disability in the department. I was aware that individual staff members in other departments had a...

TOM O’DONNELL: An Appreciation

The sudden death of Tom O’Donnell on 15 March 2000 caused shock, dismay and deep grief throughout the Service of the Brothers of Charity--a reaction which spoke volumes of the love, respect and esteem in which Tom was held by all. Tom was educated by the Christian Brothers in Limerick and was an accountant by profession. Having gained wide and...

ENTER 2000: Virtual Reality and Assistive Technology

London, 16-18 November 2000 'Why not go straight to the kitchen?' That was my first thought when the use of virtual reality was introduced to delegates at the virtual reality conference organised by Mencap in London's Millennium Dome. The theme of the conference was the use of virtual reality as a means of introducing various skills to people with learning...

NAMHI PARENTS’ SEMINAR

30 September 2000 The sixth NAMHI Parents' Seminar, 'Wills and entitlements', held in Tullamore on 30 October 2000, was opened by Brian Cowen, now Minister for External Affairs, who said he considered the development of a structured response to learning disability health needs to be his most favoured legacy from his time in office in the Department of Health and...