Monday, December 11, 2017

Frontline Issue 64

A RETHINK ON TRANSITION YEAR

The mainstreaming of educational provision for children with special needs versus the provision of special education is a debate which has huge and significant implications for parents and schools alike. The debate is of special significance for parents of young children and teenagers with learning disabilities or intellectual disabilities. Over the last decade, the majority of parents of children...

REFLECTION OF A FIRST EXPERIENCE OF ADULT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICES

I recently spent some time as a visiting research student with some adult intellectual disability service providers. On mentioning to a colleague that I had really enjoyed the experience, he said that I should write up my reflections. Having trained in general nursing and midwifery, I worked for some years in paediatric nursing and then entered a nurse teacher career....

PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF IRELAND AGM 2005

One of the highlights of the year comes in the form of the Easter Workshop run by the Psychological Society of Ireland Learning Disability Special Interests Group. This year Professor Chris Conliffe did not disappoint when he addressed the topic ‘Beyond IQ’, accentuating the positive in our approach to people with learning disabilities. During the workshop Chris emphasised the...

PLANNING FOR LIFE

I found this book effective in clarifying an area that remains quite vague—whether it is realistic that people with learning disabilities can be involved in planning their own services? This book outlines the historical context of care for people with learning disabilities and summarises strategies for implementing normalisation and citizenship. Although outlined in Valuing People, involvement by service users...

Inclusion Europe Conference

Prague, 19-21 May 2005 My name is Paul Alford and I am from Peamount Hospital. I was over in Prague with namhi and other disability people. We went over for the Inclusion Europe Conference, 19-21 May 2005. The meeting was about community-based services and living independently for people with disability from all over Europe. People living in community houses should have...

PERSON-CENTRED ACTIVE SUPPORT

Person-Centred Active Support is a comprehensive training resource aimed at enabling staff to promote participation, inclusion and choice for people with learning disabilities. The training pack is made up of six modules and employs a range of tools to assist presentation and learning, including ready-to-use overhead projector layouts; worksheets; questionnaires; case-studies; timetables; and video-clips (on CD-ROM)—all excellently integrated into...

CARE PLANNING AND CARE MANAGEMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES AND DEMENTIA

With improved social conditions, improved access to health care and advances in medical care, the life expectancy of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) has increased dramatically over the past number of years. Caring for this population involves two key areas: medical management and care planning. Contact between these two areas should be routine and ongoing, depending on the individual’s...

MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIOURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF DEMENTIA IN PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME

People with Down Syndrome are now living longer and healthier lives. This in part is attributable to better health care and nutrition in infancy and childhood. The average life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last 60 years with many people living into their fifties and sixties. As in the general population, increased life expectancy brings with it, the...

OVERVIEW OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND DEMENTIA ISSUES

Ageing represents the success of the resilience of people with intellectual disabilities (ID), advances in medical care and treatment, advocacy and self-advocacy, and the development by providers of quality living environments and opportunities for enriching lives for the clients served. Equally the dedication of family carers, principally parents and increasingly siblings has supported the ageing of many more people...

ONE UNIVERSITY’S OPEN DOOR TO INCLUSION

Introduction Access to education within the third-level environment is increasingly becoming a recognised ambition of people with learning difficulties. The National Institute for the Study of Learning Difficulties at Trinity College Dublin has responded to this ambition through the introduction of an inclusive, full-time certificate programme. Ireland: The current position Access initiatives within third-level education in the 1990s and early part of...