Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 47

SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

This publication of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, in collaboration with twenty organisations of the West-Midlands Learning Disability Forum, offers a balanced overview of relationships and a framework of good practice in respect of developing good social and personal relationships. The document is written very much from the perspective both of people working with people with intellectual disabilities and...

LEARNING DISABILITIES, THE FUNDAMENTAL FACTS

With over twenty professional UK contributors and footnotes from the WHO and the British Psychological Society, this colourfully presented spiral-bound publication makes a worthy attempt to cover all topics to do with learning disabilities. Britain uses the term 'learning disabilities' as an attempt to designate 'a significant intellectual impairment, deficits in social functioning or adaptive behaviour, present from childhood'. WHO...

SEE WHAT I MEAN

I was very excited when I read the subtitle of this book, particularly as I have learned a great deal about developing the communication of people with severe to profound learning difficulties from two of the authors—Nicola Grove and Karen Bunning. However, I felt that the book did not deliver what the title promised. I had expected to find...

DISABILITY AS A MATTER OF JUSTICE

This article is not intended as an extended lecture on law and the possibilities of law. We know that law is not a panacea and that recourse to law often reveals failure and not success. But sometimes—perhaps often—litigation is the only open avenue of recourse. It is incumbent on all of us—lawyers included—to work toward a situation where the...

NAMHI AGM

20–21 April 2001, Kilkenny Approximately 250 attended the 40th AGM of NAMHI which was held at the new and very posh Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday and Saturday 20–21 April 2001. A rights-based perspective was highlighted by the three speakers at the Plenary Session on Friday evening. Gerard Quinn spoke about the gap between our rhetoric and myth system of...

INCLUSIVE SOCIETY: INCLUSIVE FAMILIES, Institute for the Study of Learning Difficulties

Trinity College Dublin, 24 April 2001 Professor Barry Carpenter was guest speaker at the inaugural seminar of the Institute for the Study of Learning Difficulties at Trinity College, Dublin, on 24 April. Professor Carpenter, who is Chief Executive of Sunfield, an educational and care centre for children in the UK, is a frequent visitor to Ireland—often as an expert witness...

A DECADE IN RINGSEND

Centuries after Cromwell landed and about a half-century after the Germans bombed it, Mary Kate and I moved to Ringsend in 1991. The area named South Lotts is a small boxed rectangle with only two through roads, highly regarded by interloping commuters. Our street is featured on the scenic introduction to Fair City, even though fictional Carrickstown is supposed...

REMEMBERING AOIFE

This is the last of my regular columns in Frontline and I’m using it to remember Aoife, the cause of my coming to the world of learning disability. Since Aoife’s death I’ve been surprised by the number of lives that she wormed her way into, by the number of people who knew about her likes and dislikes, who talked...

IS YOUR CHILD DEPRESSED?

When is someone 'suffering from their nerves'? What are the signs that someone has a mental illness? While physical illness can often be easily recognised (a fever, a stomach pain), mental health problems can be difficult to diagnose. In recent decades mental health professionals have become more aware of the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among persons with intellectual disability,...

CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE

When NAMHI was formed in 1961 it would have been inconceivable to imagine a time when the majority of children and adults with an intellectual disability would have access to a range of supports and services, both day and residential. There were, however, a number of people who shared just such a vision. Some of you here today, and...