Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 59

The process of working with parents and fathers of children with learning disabilities

Services for children with learning disabilities have undergone significant paradigm shifts in the last few decades. Increasingly, psychologists are looking not only to provide information to parents and to foster child development, but also to facilitate and support real therapeutic change with the families they work with. This workshop explored the application of therapy outcome research to this change...

MAGIC!

Summer 2003 is forever associated for me with the Special Olympics—it was a magical time and I treasure the memories. Right from the start, from the induction sessions at The Point, I was sucked into the buzz, the excitement and the wonder of it all. Being part of the huge crowd of volunteers at the show there and knowing...

‘A Diaspora’: Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability

Current policy and practice concerning the population of individuals with mild learning disability (MLD) continues to be influenced by a 1960s paradigm. This is best summarised by the 1969 report of the (USA) President’s Commission on Mental Retardation (PCMR) which popularised the concept of the ‘six-hour retarded child’. It was believed at that time that the disadvantage of MLD...

THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WAS INDEED JUST THAT – SPECIAL!

They say the summer of 2003 was an ordinary, average, run-of-the-mill, common-or-garden summer. But it wasn't—because we had the Special Olympics World Games and that made the summer remarkable! It was special for thousands of people from all over the world, for thousands of different reasons. If you ask anyone across the width and breadth of the country, ‘Why was...

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES: FUNDRAISING FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Last year, in my CSPE class, we discussed the Special Olympics. We had all watched events in the Olympics on a number of occasions, but some of us had not been aware of the Special Olympics until we read or heard that they were going to be held in Ireland for the first time in 2003. We talked together...

ALL CHANGE: Transition into adult life

Making the transition from school to a post-school option is a difficult time for all school leavers; for young adults with a disability it can be even more challenging. School leavers and their families should have the opportunity to learn what is available and the choices they have ahead of them. All Change is a package designed to address the...

IN THE MORNING—THE DARK OPENS

The authors, jointly representing the National Institute for the Study of Learning difficulties at Trinity College Dublin, and the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, carried out a small-scale survey of the experience of parents of children with Down Syndrome and other learning disabilities in mainstream schools in Ireland—why that choice was made, how it was achieved and their hopes...

Autism: Breaking through the wall

When parents first learn that they have a child or children with autism, their responses vary enormously. For some people, the news comes as almost a relief because it verifies what they have come to know and understand of their child and the diagnosis serves as an explanation of sorts. For others, the news comes as an overwhelming shock,...

MY VOICE…MY CHOICE

Hello, my name is Maura Chambers. In March I attended the conference at the Aisling Hotel, organised by NAMHI. I went with three other people from the Brothers of Charity West Clare Services. I left home, a farm near Cooraclare, very early in the morning to catch the 8 o'clock train in Ennis to Limerick. I am a wheelchair user...

VOLUNTEERING FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES 2003

My name is Deirdre Spain I am 28 years of age I have a learning disability. I attend St Michael's House Training Centre in Santry Hall. I have a job as a service attendant in Jurys Inn, Christchurch Dublin, for the last four and a half years. I live in Raheny with my parents Eamon and Jean and my...