Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 65

PIONEERING INITIATIVE IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER EDUCATION IN THE NORTHWEST

An innovative series of training courses on Autism Spectrum Disorder delivered recently in the Northwest has met with widespread positive response. The courses were organised by the Training and Education in ASD Group, a joint initiative between St Angela’s College, Sligo, the Health Services Executive, Northwest, Cregg House Services and parent’s representatives. Courses were delivered both in Sligo and...

THE MANY WAYS THAT SERVICE USERS AND FAMILIES CAN HELP IMPROVE THE WORKFORCE

(This article is based on a presentation first offered in conjunction with a ‘world café’ conference sponsored by the Southeastern Local Management Entity (LME) and the Southeastern Consumer and Family Advisory Committee in Wilmington NC, October 2005.) Introduction It is not uncommon that questions around the workforce are considered, at least by some, to be mostly a managerial matter, and best...

NAMHI SELF-ADVOCACY CONFERENCE

On 6–7 September 2005, namhi (The National Association for People with Intellectual Disability) hosted the second ‘My Voice My Choice’ national self-advocacy conference. The Radisson SAS Hotel in Athlone, Co. Westmeath was the venue for this year’s conference. Following the success of last year’s conference, there was great anticipation and excitement as 300 self-advocates and their supporters arrived in...

ENSURING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES AVAIL OF THEIR RIGHTS THROUGH THE RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL REDRESS BOARD

The Residential Institutional Redress Board was established under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002, with the purpose of providing people raised in the care of the state as children the choice of applying for financial compensation if they suffered abuse or neglect while in the institution. One hundred and twenty eight institutions were named in the original Act and...

Some People

These people live in different places. Some of the people live far and some of the people live near! Some people get hot, some people get cold.... other people, no! Some people work, some people don't. Some people go to school! Some people look west, some people look east. Some people are noisy and some people are loud. Some people live in small houses and some people live...

COMMUNICATION

Self advocacy brings us together as people so we can share ideas and gain strength from each other. We learn from our friends and can support each other. By coming together we get to know and to understand each other. As friendships grow we are able to talk about the things that are really important to us. Through friendship we grow....

My Voice My Choice

The ‘My Voice My Choice’ conference in Athlone was excellent. There was nothing bad about it at all. There were some very good stories and experiences shared by service users over the two days. We found one particular story very interesting. It was by a person by the name of Jean Wright who is a service user in Peamount...

NDA SEMINAR

The National Disability Authority hosted a seminar at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, on 30 November, to support the adoption of its recently published guidelines on person-centred planning. An Tánaiste Mary Harney TD sent a welcomed message of support and encouragement for the occasion, noting that: ‘One of the basic principles of the Health Strategy is that services should be...

DISABILITY AND EMPLOYMENT: NDA CONFERENCE

The NDA’s Fourth Annual Disability Research Conference was held at the Great Southern Hotel, Dublin Airport, on Tuesday 11 October 2005. The theme was ‘Disability and employment: What the research tells us’. As far as the plenary sessions were concerned, the research didn’t appear to offer much that is relevant to employment for people with intellectual disability, but perhaps...

Exploring the links between Music and Health

I was fortunate to attend this highly informative and innovative conference in the University of Limerick last September. The conference was sponsored by the European Science Foundation and the University of Limerick and attended by 28 music therapists from 8 countries, 9 music therapy students and assorted Irish professionals. Dr Jane Edwards, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Music...