Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 48

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Physical and mental therapy is one of yoga's most important achievements. What makes it so powerful and effective is the fact that it works on the holistic approach—the treatment of the whole person. (Swami Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga, India) I practised yoga for a number of years in the USA and became a firm believer in the health-promoting aspects of...

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY: THE RESPONSE OF THE CHURCH

Intellectual Disability: The Response of the Church is a rich compendium of insight and information likely to prove valuable to all with an interest in and / or responsibility for the holistic well-being of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and others in relationship with people with disabilities. Throughout its 192 pages readers are perceptively brought into contact with...

BECOMING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Despite its seeming complexity, the world of international law is easily understandable and usable. International human rights law rests essentially on four connected basic human values: dignity, autonomy, equality and social solidarity. These values lie at the very basis of the legitimacy of our state. They animate a system of freedom—a system that provides protection against power, but also...

CoACTION WEST CORK—SIBSHOPS

Brothers and sisters of children with developmental needs have concerns that are well documented in research. These concerns include a need for information, feelings of isolation, care-giving responsibilities, guilt, pressure to achieve and concerns about the future. CoAction West Cork, a voluntary organisation providing services to people with learning disabilities in West Cork, have set up a programme of Sibling...

FOYLE DOWN’S SYNDROME TRUST

Foyle Down's Syndrome Trust (FDST) was formed in September 1995. The Trust has an innovative and groundbreaking approach to the educational and social inclusion of children and young people with Down's Syndrome who are disadvantaged through the disabling attitudes in society. The specific objectives of the Trust are: to support children with Down's Syndrome and their parents and families by providing...

Issues surrounding disability and special education in Namibia

Namibia was previously known as South West Africa and that name generally describes its location. It is a large country about thirteen times the size of Ireland and has a population of approximately 1.7 million. Much of the land is desert or semi-arid and there are large tracts owned primarily by the small white population and run as commercial...

IT IS BETTER TO LIGHT A LAMP THAN CURSE THE DARK

Recognising the darkness The northern region of Malawi, with its capital city Mzuzu, has 1.5m of the country's population of 12 million. It is the least developed region of the country with many villages isolated in mountainous terrain, nearly impossible to access for the six months of the year when tropical rains turn mud roads into rivers and create hazardous...

THE IRISH AUTISM ALLIANCE

The Irish Autism Alliance (IAA) was formed on 7 July 2001, following a meeting at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone. The fifteen founder member organisations of the alliance are all established parents groups and its patron is Kathy Sinnott. According to figures recently released by the Irish Society for Autism, there has been a 400% increase in the...

VOLUNTARY BODIES: MISSION, ETHOS, VALUES

Voluntary organisations have provided services to persons with an intellectual disability in Ireland since 1868. They now account for approximately eighty per cent of intellectual disability services within the Republic. The voluntary sector has played a pioneering role in the development of services and has been innovative in responding to changing needs. The 49 voluntary service providers who are...

‘MORE A CONSCRIPT THAN A VOLUNTEER’

Violet Gill has only given up her direct involvement with St Michael's House in the last few years—you might say she's finally taken 'voluntary retirement '. She served the organisation as a volunteer from 1963, on the Board of Management for nearly thirty years, and as chairman of the board. She was also a member of the Board of...