Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 58

‘UNEQUAL JUSTICE’

For over a decade Robert Perske followed vulnerable people on death row in US prisons—persons whose confessions had come too easily, and with little or no evidence to back them up. In Deadly innocence, Perske tells the true story of Joe Arridy, from his birth in 1915 to his startling execution in the gas chamber in 1939. The likeable...

ENCOUNTERING THE LAW: A SOCIAL WORK PERSPECTIVE

As a social worker working with teenagers and young adults for the past thirteen years, I have had various experiences where clients have brushed with the law to different degrees. The incidents involved cover a broad range of alleged offences, such as: Loitering Trespassing Breach of the peace Drunk and disorderly offences Theft and shoplifting Burglary Breaking and entering Vandalism Sexual assault Stolen vehicle / motor offences. What tends to...

CONNECTING TO LEARN

New technologies are playing an increasingly important role in our daily lives—in how we communicate, work, study or socialise. The Internet, computers, mobile phones and digital communications make instant global access. Technology is advancing rapidly and, as with the rest of society, it has had an impact on people with disabilities. There is a good deal of evidence to...

LAST SEEN WEARING TRAINERS

Last seen wearing trainers is a book about a girl called Katie, her brother Tom, her mother Lydia and her mother’s friend Grace. Katie and her mother aren’t very close, they fight often—especially when her mother has been drinking. Katie’s brother Tom is autistic; everybody around feels that he doesn’t understand what’s going on, but he does—maybe better than...

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

What a joy to have come across this gem of a novel. This funny, sad and utterly un-put-down-able masterpiece brings the reader inside the head of fifteen-year-old Christopher, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. This review will be short because I do not want to spoil your reading pleasure by telling you too much. I just urge you to read it—you will...

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE: MAXIMISING THE NURSING CONTRIBUTION TO A COMPREHENSIVE INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICE

The working group, established in 2002, under the auspices of the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) comprised representatives from the Nursing /Midwifery Planning and Development Unit (NMPDU) in the Eastern Regional Health Authority, nursing service providers within the region, and the Nursing Policy Division of the Department of Health and Children. The terms of reference of the group were...

THOUGHTS ON READING ‘HE SITS DOWN ON THE FLOOR OF A SCHOOL FOR THE RETARDED’

THE POEM I sit down on the floor of a school for the retarded, a writer of magazine articles accompanying a band that was met at the door by a child in a man’s body who asked them, ‘Are you the surprise they promised us?’ It’s Ryan’s Fancy, Dermot on guitar, Fergus on banjo, Denis on penny-whistle. In the eyes of this audience, they’re everybody who has...

EXPOSE

Stewarts Arts Group was formed in 1998. We are a very dynamic gathering of Day Service staff and clients. Our aim is to promote, support and develop self-expression through artistic means. 2003 saw us embark on a unique and innovative project. We wanted to explore the suitability of photography for our clients—could it provide meaningful activity, pleasure and satisfaction for...

THE ESSENCE OF PERSON-CENTRED PLANNING: GETTING IT RIGHT

John O’Brien gave a group of over 150 delegates from all over Ireland a day to remember about person-centred planning. His engaging style and thought-provoking up-front manner helped promote the powerful process of person-Centred planning in this country. John referred to specific references, including A little book about person-centred planning (1998), Implementing person-centred planning: Voices of experience (2002), and...

PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY WHO CAUSE OFFENCE IN LAW

There is a strong association both real and mystical, between intellectual disability and people who have offended in law. Only a minority of offenders have a formal intellectual disability, but certain sexual offences, especially indecent exposure and arson, are over-represented in the population of people with intellectual disabilities. For people with intellectual disabilities who do offend in law, a...