Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 56

THE FÁS PILOT SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME

Introduction In 2000 the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment assumed responsibility for vocational training and employment of people with disabilities in the open labour market—in line with the government policy of ‘mainstreaming’. (The Department of Health and Children remains responsible for ‘rehabilitative training’ (social skills/personal development) and for sheltered occupational services.) The (FÁS) National Pilot Supported Employment Programme was...

A VISION UNFOLDS

A Vision Unfolds, 1952–2002 St Mary’s, South Hill, Delvin, County Westmeath is a book that chronicles the development of service provision, both day and residential, for people with intellectual disabilities in the Midlands. It also gives a glimpse into the lives of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary as they have dedicated their lives to quality service...

ENCOURAGING VOICES

The Encouraging Voices project has been developed by Michael Shevlin, Education Department, Trinity College Dublin, and Richard Rose, Centre for Special Needs Education, University College Northampton, in collaboration with colleagues in Ireland, the UK and Iceland. This book is the culmination of the project, which explored the perspectives of young people from diverse backgrounds (including disability) regarding their educational...

WHAT’S WRONG WITH TIMMY?

This hard-back edition is beautifully presented and is a charming portrait of difference. I was particularly taken by the genuine and uncontrived opening dedication which illustrated Maria’s enormous admiration for her family’s commitment to people with intellectual disability via the Special Olympics movement. I also noted Maria’s other best selling books—are they available in Ireland? Maria Shriver approaches a very...

POEMS

JUST SEE See my ability, not my disability, See me for what and who I am, Understand me, I am an extraordinary human being just like you, I can do many and sometimes more things than you can do, Seek not to pity me, And I will not pity you, I seek understanding and love, I give my love unconditionally, So why can’t you Just accept me for all that...

European Platform of Self-Advocates

The European Platform of Self-Advocates was held in Brussels this year. These people represented Ireland— Sean Ryan, Christina Burke, Josephine Flatherty and Liza Kelly were delegates from namhi. Maura Chambers, Kathleen O’Leary, Donie Dillon, Karen Downes, Antonio Cebas McBride and Robert Hopkins went from the Brothers of Charity services in County Clare. The name of the conference was ‘Empowerment, Together against Discrimination!’ The conference...

JUST ANOTHER PAIR OF HANDS?

The Commission on Nursing, the commencement of the degree nurse training programmes and the increase in the number of student nurse places may allow the skills of the nurse in intellectual disability to be fully utilised in the delivery and management of services to people with intellectual disability in a wide variety of locations. But some concerns are still...

STAFFING LEVELS: IS MORE ALWAYS BETTER?

As long as I can remember there have been demands by intellectual disability services for more staff. In some quarters there seems to be an unquestioning belief that services can only be improved in this way. Their rationale is simple: only services with ample staff can deliver individualised programmes that will enhance the independence and quality of life of...

SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM IN ASSOCIATION, 2003 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES: ‘Supporting families’

Europa Hotel, Belfast, 19–20 June 2003 That a scientific symposium coincides with the staging of the Special Olympics in Ireland is no coincidence. Eunice Shriver noted that when the Special Olympics were first held in Connecticut over thirty years ago, it not only provided a forum for athletes to demonstrate their attainments, but also for the many carers, medics, coaches...

INFORMED CONSENT: MAKING YOUR OWN DECISIONS

With the increasing focus on the rights of the person with a disability, the question of having the person’s informed consent arises in certain circumstances. For service providers, informed consent is important in four areas: gathering and accessing personal information; making financial decisions; initiating and continuing medical treatment; and protecting the person from sexual exploitation. But the first question is:...