Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 75

Intellectual Disability Services in Bulgaria

While progress has been made in many aspects of support for people with intellectual disability in Bulgaria—largely prompted by the EU accession process—little changes have occurred in relation to the provision of early intervention for children with disabilities. EUMAP has made specific recommendations that early intervention services should be made widely available throughout Bulgaria in order to maximise the...

A watershed for disability services?

Last year in Frontline (72), I expressed the view that there might be an upside to these more straightened economic times for people with intellectual disability receiving a service from the HSE or a voluntary body funded by the HSE. Amongst the benefits I mentioned were greater financial transparency and accountability for money spent, more emphasis on giving value...

Profile of an Artist — Lucy McGivney

Lucy attends day service three days a week at the Cill Cuan Resource Centre in Mullingar Co. Westmeath. She takes part in a group art session every Friday morning. While in the art-room Lucy expresses her creative side using a wide range of media. Lucy works at her own pace and is guided by her art tutor. Many of her...

Value for money

ISSUE 76 of FRONTLINE circulates at a time of unprecedented national economic uncertainty, with government signalling extraordinary and deep cuts throughout all sections of the public service. To say that there is a considerable uncertainty for families with a son / daughter, sister / brother with an intellectual disability requiring new or enhanced service is an understatement. Throughout this issue...

A GUIDE TO COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Lisa Kurtz is a paediatric occupational therapist and is also the author of Visual Perception problems in children with AD/HD, Autism and other learning disabilities. She also wrote Understanding Motor Skills in children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and other learning disabilities & Understanding controversial Therapies for Children with Autism, Attention Disorder & other learning difficulties. The author has 33 years...

MEETING THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

This book is recommended reading for professionals and parents and, indeed,anyone closely involved with children with special needs. The author, Helen Warner, and fellow-contributors are nurses by training, but their treatment of this subject is wider based than the medical model—current buzz words such as best practice, interdisciplinary and person-centredness are included, as one might expect. But Warner’s book...

First Longitudinal Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability in Ireland

Mr John Moloney, TD and Minister of State for Equality, Disability and Mental Health, visited the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College, Dublin, on 3 December 2008 to launch the largest study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (ID) ever undertaken in Ireland. At the launch, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister Moloney...

Sexual Abuse: the myths and the reality

There have been many myths over the centuries relating to the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities. The image has varied from the asexual ‘holy innocent’, to the uncontrolled hyper-sexual predator. It seems that each generation has invented and re-invented these various myths. In researching the area of sexual abuse and people with intellectual disabilities, we found evidence that challenges...

OISD—Building the circle of support

Optimal Individual Service Design (OISD) is a model of service delivery that operates from the principle of serving one person at a time. The design of the service is unique for each individual as it evolves from the premise of providing the right support at the right time to enable the individual to live a life of their choosing...

Surf2heal

Surf2heal is a voluntary group of Surfers whose aim it is to bring children with autism into our great sport. Surfing has proven to be a great opportunity for many kids to have fun, unlock some hidden talents, gain confidence and assist with their communication. Surf2heal was set up by Jon & Alayne Hynes & Nollaig Fitzgerald. In 2008...