Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 51

A FILIGREE OF UK WEBSITES

Contact a Family www.cafamily.org.uk An invaluable source of information for families who care for children with any disability or special need, Contact a Family puts affected families in touch with each other. The ‘cafamily’ website has won many awards—the UK Internet Site of the Year 2000 and one of the ‘top ten health websites’ featured in The Guardian. As well as...

STARTING WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Alice Bradley’s Induction booklet Starting work with people with learning disabilities is aimed at new workers, workers who have been in service for some time but haven’t had their experience recognised, managers who supervise new staff, and training managers in services for people with learning disabilities. Six sections include you and you job, confidentiality, learning disability, history lessons and challenging...

A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM

A guide to successful employment for individuals with autism is an essential text for all professionals and services providers involved in addressing the vocational and occupational needs of adults with autism. The book is clearly written and has detailed examples and case histories of people with a variety of severe cognitive and behavioural challenges in addition to their autism, matched...

ENABLING COMMUNICATION IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Enabling communication in children with autism is based on a two-year research project undertaken in five special schools, with eighteen children with severe autism and minimal or no speech, ranging in age from two to six. The authors of this book departed from previous approaches in that their focus was on spontaneous communication and the capacity of children with...

PWDI WATERFORD NETWORK: Grand Opening and website launch

Well, if you live in Dungarvan, West Waterford, you can call in to a new information and resource centre set up by the Waterford Network of PWDI. Here you can speak to friendly staff in a friendly setting, help yourself to the many information leaflets in stock or even have PWDI act as an advocate for you! PWDI is an...

IASSID EUROPE, INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

Dublin, 12–15 June 2002 The IASSID conference at UCD was wonderfully well organised and well attended. In the region of 300 presentations were given by speakers from Ireland, Europe and beyond. As a therapist who is relatively new to the field of learning disabilities, I found it incredibly difficult to choose from a programme of so many interesting presentations. A...

IMAGINING BETTER

The ‘Imagining Better’ Seminar held at the Tullamore Court Hotel on 22 April was organised by The Midland Health Board, APT, The National Disability Authority and Comhairle. Approximately 140 people attended the one-day seminar. The first presentation was given by Mervyn Tierney who discussed the findings of research carried out by the Irish Advocacy Network, which is being established nationwide...

NOTES ON THE NAMHI AGM,

19-20 April 2002 Seán Staunton, Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, welcomed delegates to the 41st AGM of NAMHI with refreshing candour—admitting his unfamiliarity with the organisation’s work (he had initially us with Mental Health Ireland). He challenged NAMHI to develop a higher profile. Like his audience, he hoped that politicians’ ‘verbal zeal before the coming election will be matched with...

THE STATUS QUO

The Status Quo When I went to cast my vote on May 17th, I did not vote for the status quo. I wanted something different. Proportional representation allows citizens great latitude in expressing their preferences. I relish the choices available on my ballot. Voter turnout, which has decreased by more than 10 per cent over the thirty years I have lived...

THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF ADVOCACY IN ‘IMAGINING BETTER’: COMPLAINTS OR DISGUISED PROSPECTS?

Pursuing the complaints and interests of disadvantages people is the common role of advocates. This ‘processing of grievances’ role occupies the attention of many people in the advocacy role—whether they are people advocating for themselves, peer advocates, family advocacy, legal advocacy, informal advocacy, professional advocates at the individual and systems level, citizen advocates and many others. In their role...