Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 80

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) INFORMATION PACK FOR PARENTS

St Catherine’s Early Services, St. Catherine’s Association Ltd. “Four Winds”, Newcastle Village, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. As a disability advocate and the founder of an Autism charity in County Wicklow the consistent problem I have always found parents encountered upon receiving a diagnosis of Autism is a lack of coordinated information and tips to help them navigate their new found...

All you ever wanted to know about direct payments but were afraid to ask

‘Direct payments is a generic term used to describe the provision of funds by the State, directly to people with disabilities, for the purpose of purchasing a range of supports and service’ (Egan 2010, p 6). Direct payments may be used to pay for all forms of support such as therapy, equipment, the purchasing of support services and the...

NATIONAL STRATEGY ON DOMESTIC, SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

The National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender–based Violence, for the five-year period 2010–2014, was launched by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr Dermot Ahern TD, earlier this year. The strategy was produced by Cosc—the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, which was established by the government in June 2007. Cosc has a...

Charity and rights: Towards a new service model

Imagine this scenario. You are walking along a city street and a poor person approaches you and asks for money. You are in a generous mood, so you hand over a Euro. The beggar looks at the money and, instead of thanking you, he says ‘This is not enough!’ How do you feel? The chances are you will feel...

Intellectual disability research in Ireland since 2000— Audit of the National Federation Research Database

The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary/non-statutory agencies that provide direct services to people with intellectual disability in the Republic of Ireland. In 2009, as part of the National Federation’s Research Strategy 2008-2013, an audit was undertaken of all the research abstracts that had been submitted...

Starting an advocacy centre in the United Arab Emirates

After living and working in Ireland for several years as a disability advocate, I relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2008. I arrived in Dubai enthusiastic to find a challenging and fulfilling role as an advocate. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that advocacy in the disability field is a relatively new concept here, and that empowerment, inclusion...

National Logo Design Competition for the New Nationwide Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability

In January 2008, people with intellectual disability from across Ireland were invited to enter designs to represent the logo of the first Irish longitudinal study on ageing in persons with intellectual disability entitled An Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. The theme of the competition was "Healthy, Happy, Ageing & Wellbeing". There were lots of...

GETTING OUT THERE!

The Dara community inclusion programme The need to belong to a community is universal, regardless of ability or disability, and access to an independent social life within that community is vital. Friendships, fun and social interaction are all parts of a rich and rewarding life. Last year, Dara Residential Services launched a new community inclusion initiative in North Kildare, providing one-to-one...

A new approach to Functional Curricula in St Paul’s Service

St Paul’s is an autism service for children aged between four and eighteen. Located in Beaumont, Dublin, the service comprises a hospital (under the auspices of the Mater Hospital), a special national school and three community houses. Two of these houses are dedicated to respite services and the third house functions as a community house through which the majority...

My life since moving into the community

Support services for people with an intellectual disability were limited in Ireland in the 1940 and 1950s. Research shows that people with disabilities were not included in the local communities at this time. Congregate settings from religious organisations offered supports to families and people with in intellectual disabilities. Mary has little memory of her early childhood. She recalls her Mother,...