Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 54

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR SHELTERED OCCUPATIONAL SERVICES

Background In December 1997, the National Advisory Committee on Training and Employment (NACTE) issued its report Employment challenges for the millennium (NACTE 1998). Noteworthy recommendations in that report highlighted weaknesses in the existing system and stressed that responsibility for employment and training services, business development and job creation should not remain with the Department of Health and Children (DHC). The...

‘SAVANT’—A DCU MULTIMEDIA MASTERS THESIS PROJECT, 2002

Savant is an interactive, artistic interpretation of the autistic and savant experience. The experience is not to be interpreted as one of disability but rather a unique way of perceiving the world from an autistic point of view. Although the project is called ‘Savant’, the profiles of the four savants chosen only occupy one section of the project. There are...

STORIES FOR JAMIE

Kathy Sinnott and her friends are the 23 contributors to this entertaining book. Many of them are established and recognised creative contributors to the literary arts through the medium of television, radio and the written word. Kate Thompson, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly and John Quinn (RTÉ documentary producer) are but a few of the distinguished list of contributors. The first...

LEARNING DISABILITY TODAY

The authors of this textbook aim to provide discussion on the most pertinent areas for people currently working, or undergoing training to work, with people with learning disabilities (in particular the LDAF 2 and 3 certificates). It covers a broad range of topics, therefore limiting the depth of information; however references and suggestions for further reading are provided at...

MONEY MATTERS

The following two scenarios illustrate practical, personal finance issues in the promotion of community inclusion, autonomy and self-determination for adults with intellectual disability. Gerry (31) lives with his parents and brothers. Each day a minibus takes him to an Activation Unit in the nearby town six, where he enjoys arts and crafts, music and, jigsaws. He has lunch and tea...

THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES

The Celtic Tiger has bolted and austere economic times have returned. Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy has expressed dismay that the vast sums of money pumped into the health services have not produced the expected results. Waiting lists have grown and the health services seem to require unending injections of cash, just to survive. What has gone wrong? Have all...

THE SPIRITUAL LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: A TIME OF CHANGE

The expression of people’s spirituality has traditionally been a feature of life in Ireland, with a very high level of weekly church attendance. Over the past decade there has been a decrease in that attendance, with more devotees of other faiths in Ireland’s increasingly multicultural society. The decline in traditional Christian ritual has been accompanied by a corresponding decline...

idaal – Intellectual Disabilities and Allied Libraries

The website, idaal.com, was launched on Monday 10 March, by Mary Hanafin TD, Minister of State in the Department of the Taoiseach, in the St John of God Conference Centre, Stillorgan. idaal is a consortium of Intellectual Disability Libraries established to provide easy and comprehensive access to up-to-date information in the fields of intellectual disabilities, mental health and related subjects,...

PERSONAL OUTCOMES

Lisa and Stephen had both been trainees at Sunbeam House Services (SHS) for several years, but they didn’t really get to know each other until 1995—Lisa pinpoints the date precisely; it was May the 26th—when they got chatting at a friend’s birthday party. Then they started to go out to the cinema and for meals together. ‘It began to...

THE NATIONAL SERVICE USERS CONFERENCE 2002

The Brothers of Charity Roscommon hosted The National Service Users Conference 2002, on 4–5 November last, with the theme of ‘letting go’. Over 400 delegates participated in the event—showing how interest in self-advocacy over the past four years. The conference provided a forum for Irish people with intellectual disabilities to meet to share experiences, both positive and negative. Because...