Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 74

Hi Everyone..

Self Advocacy Groups are becoming more common in services for people with intellectual disability in Ireland. When setting up a group there are lots of things you need to think about. Setting up a Self Advocacy Group Getting Ready When starting a group you need to decide what you hope to do and if people need training before you start. On our...

WHO DECIDES AND HOW?

This little booklet has been written by Inclusion Ireland, as guidance on the complex issue of capacity to make decisions, for parents and families of people with intellectual disabilities. In Ireland, as in many Western countries, people have the right to make their own decisions once they reach adulthood. On the other hand, children are not considered able to decide...

DEVELOPING ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

In Britain, advocacy for children was given a statutory basis for the first time in 2002, so it is a relatively new field in which most advocates have learned their skills through practice. In this book Christine Oliver and Jane Dalrymple draw together the available research and explore how the different facets of advocacy are evolving, looking at the...

A report on attending a Realization workshop organised by the Muiriosa Foundation

For the past two years I’ve been on a mission. While it probably started in my subconscious many years ago, the ‘Eureka’ moment was at the National Parents and Siblings Alliance AGM in 2007. That was when one of our members persuaded us to commit to looking at alternative ways for providing supports for people with intellectual disability and/or...

Rights, Sexuality and Relationships: an exploration of people with learning disabilities’ views and experiences

Introduction It has been recognised nationally that people with learning disabilities have a right to “the same degree of fulfilment through relationships and sexuality as anyone else” (Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities, 1996: Par 18.2). And internationally, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that “States Parties shall take effective and appropriate measures...

Your Sleep and You

Sleep problems Have you ever had a bad night’s sleep—not being able to get to sleep, trouble staying asleep or indeed sleeping too much? If so, you may have a sleep problem and this may be caused by a variety of sleep disorders. Some common sleep disorders include sleepwalking, talking in your sleep, nightmares or clenching or grinding your teeth....

Creating health means more than treating illness

The health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities is receiving increased attention of late, and not before time. Despite long years of being cared for by doctors and nurses, many have not received the care and attention we now recognise they need if they become physically ill. In Britain this has been brought home through a recent inquiry...

Innovations in accessible health care supports for people with intellectual disabilities

Health and mental health services around the world grapple with two related problems that reduce the effectiveness and increase the costs of health care— how to support effective self-care for chronic health problems and how to improve health literacy. Recent work at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) in New York is beginning to demonstrate how the innovative...

What should one expect housing for adults with learning disabilities to achieve?

Questions to ask housing providers In 2006, there were 25,518 people recorded on the Irish National Intellectual Disability Database (Barron and Kelly 2006). This is equivalent to an average of 651 people in every area of 100,000 total population. There were 8808 children and teenagers aged 0-19 years, a little over a third of the total, and 16,710 adults 20 years...

IRENE LYNCH—Portrait of an Artist

Irene Lynch is a young woman with exceptional ability in the Arts field. She has exhibited in many venues, including the Mullingar Arts Centre and the Síol Gallery in Spoutwell Lane. Irene’s work displays her distinctive style which is characterised by bright colours and regular shapes. She was successful in winning the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies’ competition when...