Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 46

THE JOHN J. JENNINGS LIBRARY, STEWARTS HOSPITAL

The library was officially opened in Stewarts Hospital on 23 March 2000, and on 31 May it was named after John J. Jennings, a former chairman of the hospital. The facility represents a new approach to addressing information needs and is the result of a partnership between the Department of Health and Children, Stewarts Hospital Services Ltd and South...

LEARNING DISABILITY IN FOCUS

This little book is an invaluable aid for those working with and caring for people with learning disabilities. I have personally worked with children and teenagers for more than twenty years. During that time I have used photography, but only in a very limited way. What I loved about this book was the many case-studies which clearly explain the...

THE ACCESSIBLE GAMES BOOK

This user-friendly book would be of enormous assistance to those involved with groups of people with mixed abilities. The games are simple and fun, and they would suit all ages; games are included for those with auditory, visual and physical disabilities. Many of the games will encourage disability awareness for those who are not impaired. Author Katie Marl is...

CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE

This volume of 321 tightly written pages is not for the faint-hearted! But its subtitle, 'voluntary and statutory relationships in Irish healthcare', indicates that it might be essential reading for the voluntary worker (unpaid) and the manager (paid) in Irish care services. As activists in 'the voluntaries' our morale is lifted on the very first page by Dr Mary Redmond’s...

READING PARTNERS: THE POWER OF EMPOWERING

All of us working in special education are interested in raising the level of achievement of the people with whom we work. This article addresses the attempts made to raise the reading standards of students attending a special school for children with mild learning difficulties. St Augustine's, a special school in County Dublin which caters for children from 8 to...

ACTIVITY NETWORKING GROUP

Portlaoise, 15 February 2001 The Activity Networking Group in association with the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, held their first national conference in the Montague Hotel, Portlaoise, on 15 February 2001, and it was attended by 120 people. The conference included two guest speakers, five workshops and displays of work activities from day activity centres for persons with severe and...

TEACCH Seminar, CoAction West Cork

A very successful seminar on the TEACCH approach to autism took place in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, on 14-16 February 2001. The seminar was organizsed by CoAction West Cork in conjunction with the Department of Education and Science. Approximately 200 delegates attended the event, which was presented by Dr Gary Mesibov, Director of Division TEACCH at the University of...

FRAGILE X–SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

The annual seminar of the Irish Fragile X Society took place on Saturday 3 February in the Arts Block of Trinity College. This year's seminar focused on special education needs and adolescent and adult issues in relation to sexuality. Speakers invited from the United States, the UK and Ireland addressed the audience of parents and professionals on the current...

IMPROVING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES THROUGH LEGISLATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Centre for the Study of Developmental Disabilities, UCD, 15 December 2000 'Disability is a natural part of the human process and does not diminish the dignity of the person.' Ten to fifteen per cent of students in the USA have a disability. Parents have high expectations, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) resources and ensures educational placement in integrated...

ARE YOU RIGHT THERE, MICHAELEEN?

January, seemingly the longest month of the year, forced us to take desperate measures to relieve the dull boredom of a lingering winter. One remedy is to visit local tourist attractions which host thousands of visitors every year. By sharing in their view of Ireland, we are reinvigorated with the wonder of living in a capital city, and for...