Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 78

ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Helen Sonnet is a teacher, writer of activity books for children and parent of a person with a disability. Ann Taylor is a leader of a comunity Gateway club. The authors have collaborated to combine their talents and expertise. They share the valuable session ideas they have used in clubs with other people working in similar settings, e.g. supported...

Puberty

What does it mean for me? Puberty can seem quite daunting to many young people because it brings about changes both physically (how your body looks) and emotionally (how you feel). In this article we will look at these changes that may occur and what you and others can do to help you through this change. When will it happen? The start...

A reflection of a volunteer’s experience of Romania’s Disability Services

I traveled to Romania in September 2009 with an abundance of plans, aspirations and intentions to swap my experience and time for an insight into how this formerly troubled country was now accommodating its most vulnerable citizens. Prior to this, I had worked for eight years in community residential services and family support for people with intellectual disabilities, as...

Using POMS to get a better quality of life: The Outcomes Network of Ireland survey

Personal Outcome Measures (POMs) were introduced to Ireland at a Western Care Conference in Westport in 1997, and since then a growing number of service providers have begun using these measures to develop their service. What are Personal Outcomes? Personal Outcomes are the things that matter most to a person, and the Personal Outcome Measures cover all aspects of a person’s...

Person-centred approaches to improve the quality of life of people with learning disabilities

In Frontline 74 (2009: 19.21), David Felce presented the quality of life domains and how they were important in conceptualising the purpose and nature of services for people with learning disabilities. This article will take this discussion further and explore how using person-centred approaches (person-centred planning, person-centred active support, total communication, the SPELL framework and positive behaviour support can...

Gallery

An exhibition of work by Joe Dooley from St Christopher’s Services Ballymahon! Joe has a natural talent and excels in all art mediums but favours glass and mirror painting in particular!

PaddygoesUp!

Paddy Murphy is a man in his forties who loves to be in the middle of ‘the crack’ and has a great sense of fun. He uses an electric wheelchair and lives with others in a Sunbeam House residence in Rathdrum in Co. Wicklow. People who know him say he’s a bit of a daredevil, and he loves to...

IRELAND’S FIRST LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON AGING IN PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

In February 2010, the first wave of data collection for one of the most important studies ever to be undertaken in Ireland or Europe on aging in persons with intellectual disability will commence. The Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (IDS.TILDA) will involve approximately 800 people with intellectual disability aged 40 years and over from...

Into the light

Introduction Nurses in intellectual disabilities are said to care for persons with an intellectual disability from the cradle to the grave. Persons with an intellectual disability (ID) are now living longer and on a global scale there is an increase in the number of older people (Botsford 2000). Because of technological and medical advances during the last century, adults with...

On passing by

In October 2004, as the plane touched down in Dublin after 24 hours of flying from New Zealand, images of my great great grandparents, Joseph and Mary O’Brien from Killarney, came flooding in. Any thoughts of self-pity for the impending jet lag were swiftly overcome by thinking of how it must have been for them and their two children,...