Monday, December 11, 2017

Frontline Issue 62

LIZ McMANUS

Would you talk about the political process and how it may or may not assist people with intellectual disabilities—and how they might use it more effectively? Well, one of the delights, or crosses, that we bear as Irish politicians—depending on your outlook—is the fact that we’ve a very personal, intimate relationship with the electorate. I don’t know of any other...

ACCESS TO MAINSTREAM PRIMARY EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL AND/OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY: The Parents’ Voice

Introduction The 1998 Education Act, the Equal Status Act 2000 and the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 support parents’ rights to send their child to a school of the parents’ choice and, for students with disabilities, the right to access services on the same basis as students without the disability, and to avail of an integrated...

ST HILDA’S SERVICES CELEBRATE 40 YEARS

The Radisson Hotel in the centre of Athlone was the venue for St Hilda’s Services 40th year celebrations. The location was symbolically appropriate because St Hilda’s has also placed itself in the center of the community during its 40-year history. The capacity crowd was made up of service users, their families and friends, as well as past and present...

FUN, FIT AND FORTY: St Christopher’s Services celebrate 40 years of service provision in Longford

There is something about the dynamic atmosphere of St Christopher's Services that makes them very remarkable. The rule of thumb that one can adopt when visiting services for people with intellectual disability is to ask oneself ‘how would I like to trade places with any one of these service users?’ If the answer is ‘that wouldn’t be too bad’...

IS IT POSSIBLE TO ACCURATELY MEASURE THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT PEOPLE WITH SEVERE AND PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES EXPERIENCE?

Introduction Quality of life (QoL) for individuals with intellectual disabilities has been widely researched over the last two decades. Five researchers have been relatively prolific in writing papers and research articles: Felce, Perry, Hatton, Hensel and Cummins. There has been extensive research into measuring QoL for individuals with intellectual disabilities who are able to communicate, but very little research relating...

REACHING THE CHILD THROUGH PLAY

Over the last year, the Limerick Regional Child Development Team has developed a wealth of information about how play can be used for assessment concerning the child’s developing sensory system, communication, actions, self-care, emotions, imagination, thinking skills and creativity. This article touches on the play-based assessment that grounds my clinical practice as a speech and language therapist within the...

DIVERSITY IN DIALOGUE: ‘SPEAKING OUT FOR OUR RIGHTS’

Back in March 2002, we were asked if we wanted to be part of a project called Diversity in Dialogue. We knew that it was a project about speaking out on our rights, but we had no idea where it would take us! A group of ten people were chosen from a number of applicants, to take part in the...

ON THE RIGHTS TRACK

I went to a meeting in Dublin on January the 6th, to discuss access on the railway service. I travelled by train from Ennis with my supporter Karen. I was representing namhi in a larger group that included people from the National Council for the Blind, Irish Wheelchair Association, National Association for Deaf People and other organisations representing people...

STUDENT JOURNEYS: THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES O’ Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, 6–7 December 2004.

This two-day conference brought together speakers from the USA, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with expertise in different aspects of education of persons with special educational needs. Keynote speakers were David Scanlon PhD and Philip Di Mattia PhD, both from the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. David Scanlon provided an overview of the history of special education...

INTERVIEW WITH MARY GORDON, DISABILITY LEGAL RESOURCE

How does the political process facilitate improvements for people with intellectual disability? The political process is an excellent forum to facilitate improvements for people with intellectual disability. It is through democracy that change is most effectively enacted and the needs of the people are reflected through legislation and political strategy. The politicians are representatives of the people and this...