Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 53

VALUING PEOPLE: VALUING RESOURCES—THE LEICESTERSHIRE LEARNING DISABILITIES REGISTER

Learning disabilities registers are often misconstrued. Stigma and suspicions linger from the past––labelling, segregation, lack of choice. Most people now, however, see registers as a resource for evidence-based practice and person-centred planning. (The term register is used in this article as shorthand for the whole system: database, processes and staff.) In the mid-1980s, people with learning disabilities began moving out...

THE ACCESS DIRECTORY 2002/2003

The Access Directory 2002/2003 is the first edition of what is intended to be an annual Irish directory providing information on businesses, suppliers and service providers for people with a physical disability—much of the information is also applicable to those with multiple disabilities. The directory aims to eradicate the difficulties faced by organisations and service users in accessing information...

NOT QUITE SISTERS

I found this book informative, personal and enjoyable. It covers the history of two Catholic convents in Britain that were home to a large number of women with learning difficulties. It explores the daily life of the residents, and how changes in the Catholic Church and in British social policies the social policies were reflected in the residents’ experiences. Drama...

A TURNING POINT FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

The publication of Making knowledge work for health: A strategy for health research, by Minister Micheál Martin in September 2001 marked a turning pointy for the health services. For the first time, the importance of research to the quality of our health services was recognised. So too was the contribution health researchers in Ireland could make to the creation...

PILGRIM TEACHERS

L’Arche communities are intentional Christian communities where people with and without learning disabilities live and work together. First founded in 1964 by Jean Vanier, there are now 120 Communities around the world, each of them providing homes where people with learning disabilities and assistants make home together. L’Arche seeks to proclaim the equality of all people regardless of disability....

USING EMANCIPATORY METHODOLOGIES IN DISABILITY RESEARCH’, The First Annual NDA Disability Research Conference

3 December 2002, Great Southern Hotel, Dublin Airport Enthusiasm and the feeling of a new and better era ruled at the Inaugural Disability Research Conference co-hosted by the NDA and the Centre for Disability Studies UCD. There was a full attendance of 150 delegates, although many more had applied to attend. The conference was chaired by Mary van Lieshout, Head...

THE CHALLENGE OF AUTISM

On the Saturday 19th October the Frontline Board met in the Little Venice restaurant to bid farewell and say thanks to Mary McEvoy for her long and distinguished service. For the past eleven years, Mary presented her views on several aspects of learning disability and these, I know, struck a cord with many primary caregivers. Her humorous style and...

BORDERLINE, AGM

17 November 2002, Cassidy’s Hotel, Dublin Borderline, the association which caters for those with a mild/borderline intellectual disability, held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 17 November 2002 in Cassidy`s Hotel, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Outgoing Chairperson Mr Tom Kinirons thanked everyone for coming and said he was not going forward for re-election. The subsequent election results were: Mary Fitzpatrick,...

ACTIVITY NETWORKING GROUP, 2nd National Conference

8–9 October 2002, Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise The conference was attended by 70 participants from all over the country. It was opened on the evening of 8 October by Winifred O’Hanrahan, Chairperson of the Federation of Voluntary Bodies. The guest speaker on the following day was Eadaoin Bhreathnach, Consultant Occupational Therapist, who specialises in sensory integration as an approach to working...

‘CRISIS IN THERAPY SERVICES’—8th NAMHI PARENTS’ SEMINAR

5 October 2002, Thurles Institute Campus The NAMHI Parents’ Committee hosted their eighth annual seminar at the sparkling Thurles Institute Campus, with a comfortably-lavish lecture hall, a mid-day meal of country-portions and earnest interchanges among the delegates. The difficult issue of therapy services was covered from all perspectives—parents (Mary Hambleton and Eamon Dwyer), funders (Frances Fletcher and William Beausang from...