Monday, December 11, 2017

Frontline Issue 49

VELA MICROBOARD ASSOCIATION

Last September, APT in Tullamore hosted a ‘Seminar on Microboards’. Presentations were made by Linda Perry and Jeff Moulins from British Columbia who represented the Canadian ‘Vela Microboard Association’. A microboard is a small, closely connected group of family and friends who create a unique and intimate support service for a person with a disability. Each microboard member makes...

CIRCLES OF SUPPORT—HOW THEY CAN HELP

Personal support networks of Are you isolated because of the difficulties you face in life? Is it hard for you to become involved in your community because you have a learning difficulty? Does your situation mean that it is difficult for you to meet and make friends and relationships? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then perhaps you might...

Challenging Behaviour or Symbolic Communication Disorder?

Most concepts in the field of disability have come from broad, harsh terms such as ‘insanity,’ ‘mental retardation,’ ‘word blindness’, etc. The concepts are unitary—either a condition exists or does not exist—and there has been a paucity of research into more precise categorisation within phenomena. Such ambiguity and vagueness gives way to more sophisticated and refined terms upon further...

Report of the Working Group on Asperger’s Syndrome

This report was commissioned by the three area health boards of the Eastern Regional Health Authority in order to review the needs of children under eighteen with Asperger Syndrome/ high-functioning autism. This is the first published report of its kind in Ireland. The report is divided into five chapters, with a timely and interesting discussion on the differential diagnosis of...

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

People with disabilities have the same rights as all other citizens, unless certain rights have been limited by a court of law. Those rights include, but are not limited to: privacy religious expression freedom to associate with people of one's choice marriage and children equal education opportunity equal pay for equal work voting property ownership freedom to choose Courts and legislation have granted people with disabilities additional protections because...

CHANGES IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY NURSING

The Commission of Nursing, established in 1997, examined the role of the nurse in the health service and produced a report the following year entitled A blueprint for the future. The Commission’s report highlighted the need to promote the distinct identity and unique working environment of intellectual disability nursing. Recommendations were made to develop a strategy—in consultation with nurse...

FAMILY-BASED RESPITE IN A CHANGING IRELAND: THE WAY FORWARD?

6 November 2001, All Hallows College, Dublin The first national Family-based Respite Conference, hosted by the Daughters of Charity Services, attracted keen interest—the conference was well attended by a broad section of staff from intellectual and physical disability services throughout Ireland. In existence in Ireland since 1981, family-based respite is a service provided by carers in the community who are...

NAMHI PARENTS’ SEMINAR, Longford Arms Hotel, 13 October 2001

NAMHI’s parents’ subcommittee excelled itself in organising its seventh annual Parents’ Seminar, held in at the Longford Arms Hotel on 13th October 2001. The seminar topic ‘Integration—Segregation’ (issues affecting children with disabilities in mainstream and special education) attracted a large attendance and lively discussion. Sylvia Dawson, founder of the Longford Association, welcomed everyone to her ‘patch’ and Maeve Harrington...

CNEASTA CONFERENCE 2001

CNEASTA, the umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities and service providers in the area of training, development and employment, held its annual conference in Kilkenny on 25-26 September 2001. ‘Quality Services in a Changing Environment’—the conference presentations reflected that title in two distinct but interdependent strands—quality and change. As the old adage goes ‘there is nothing so constant as change’,...

EQUALISING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITY

The First British Institute of Learning Disability International Conference to be held in Ireland took place in Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, on 10-12 September 2001. The conference was organised in association with a number of Irish and UK disability services and research bodies and was supported by Partnerships in Care, The Department of Health and Children and the National...