Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 50

DISABILITY ON THE WEB

Frontline prides itself as an information resource for Irish families, practitioners and researchers in intellectual disability. However, because the magazine appears only every three months, it can’t claim to give cutting-edge, breaking news. The world of communication has changed drastically in the dozen years since Frontline was first published, and the Internet has fast become the vehicle for rapid-access...

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Among the recommendations of A Strategy for Equality, the 1996 Report of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities, was a call for reform at national level of the administration of services providing training and employment for people with disabilities. A comprehensive reform of the National Rehabilitation Board (NRB), the setting-up of both a National Disability Authority...

THE MISSING LINK

I think The missing link is a good book because the whole story is part of an adventure. Danny, a strange boy whom people think is disabled, goes to find his mother. Christy, his stepbrother follows him to make sure he is all right. Together, they set off on an adventure to find out what Danny is and about...

LAW, RIGHTS AND DISABILITY

People with disabilities have for many years been excluded from participating in society and denied the power to make life choices—choices that many of us take for granted. The attitude that has prevailed with respect to people with disabilities is one that is based on charity; we have been socialised to feel sorry for a person with a disability....

PATRICIA NOONAN WALSH, NDA PROFESSOR OF DISABILITY STUDIES

‘This is the first Chair in Disability Studies in Ireland, and it’s coming at an amazingly exciting time, full of opportunities. I see it as a unified initiative with diverse elements—we’re dedicated to the exploration of all aspects of disability. : ‘You can pick up any chapter, open it and get a different vantage on what disability studies might be...

RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY NEEDS: ARE THEY BEING ADDRESSED?

In recent years, People with intellectual disability have enjoyed increased freedom to live their lives as fully and as normally as possible. Philosophies of care and education have been redesigned to promote ordinary living principles. Agencies providing education, training and comprehensive residential and support services to this group have developed new ideas and practices around supported employment, a range...

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER

In Jury’s Hotel on 3 December 2001, a successful conference took place where a strong message was given to Irish society that people with disabilities are no longer going to accept the neglect, discrimination, injustice and charity dished out to them. Entitled Get your act together, the conference attracted a large attendance of individuals and groups to discuss and...

BIRTHDAY AT THE RACES

Birthdays have no real significance at my age, but since I have found the perfect present in recent years, I enjoy them once again.    I have no sense of elation at the significant ones where the second digit is zero, because when the first digit goes up by ten, my reaction is one of mild disbelief that I...

QUALITY OF LIFE: IS IT DIFFERENT FOR THOSE PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES AND THOSE WITHOUT DISABILITIES?

Much research has been carried out into what constitutes quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. The results of this research suggest that some issues in particular are determinants of a high quality of life for people with intellectual disability. These are: the importance of good relationships with other people, particularly family and staff, the possibility of genuinely living, working...

TO SCHOOL THROUGH THE COURTS

Hehir and Gamm describe the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975 as coming out of a long history of exclusion and segregation of disabled children. Many legal cases and political lobbying by parents led to a body of court decisions favouring children with disabilities which eventually ‘paved the way for the establishment of a federal right to education...