Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 81

UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY

This book aims to guide health professionals into the dangerous waters of disability studies. The book is specifically targeted at physiotherapists and occupational therapists, but it is relevant to all healthcare professionals who have an interest in informing themselves about how to deliver the best possible care and support to people who have a disability. The authors, who have previously...

Annual report of the National Intellectual Disability Database Committee 2009

The NIDD The National Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD) is compiled by the Health Research Board (HRB) from validated data provided by Local Health Offices, service providers and school principals. In his chairperson’s statement on at the beginning of the twelfth annual report of the NIDD, Colm Desmond explains that the statistics in the NIDD present information on the demographic profile...

Talking about bereavement and loss

November is a special time for remembering, maybe because of the falling leaves and dying vegetation along the roadside—and the feasts of Halloween and All Souls’ Day. Because each of the members of the Saoirse Independent Advocacy Group in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, had lost a close family member or friend, they decided to organise a special event of remembrance. The...

TOO EMBARRASSING TO TALK ABOUT! The views of young people and mothers about sexual development

Introduction Young people’s sexuality is a vital part of their identities and central to their wellbeing. Fortunately, there is a growing awareness that it is important to support people with learning disabilities to have fulfilling friendships and more intimate relationships (Ailey et al. 2003). This makes it surprising that there has been little research on the views of young people...

THE IASSID ACADEMY ON EDUCATION, TEACHING AND RESEARCH: A Venture in International Cooperation

Introduction The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) is the largest international scientific association concerned with research into intellectual and allied developmental disabilities. It has been in existence for 50 years and has members from around the world. The IASSID Academy, set up in 2006, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is nested in its parent organisation. It...

CAPITALISING ON THE ASSETS IN THE COMMUNITY

Cheeverstown House provides supports and services to people with disabilities and their families. Cheeverstown recently launched it’s first strategic plan were the main focus is on developing services and supports locally to people close to their home. This allows for the opportunity for persons with a disability to participate fully in all aspects of everyday society as valued and...

Some tried and tested examples of alternative living arrangements

Research studies in countries that have pursued deinstitutionalisation and community living have shown that family concerns before transition are, for a majority of families, replaced by support after transition (Mansell et al. 2007, p. 42) Right: Ms. Rachel Malone and Mr. Micheál D'Arcy, enjoying a day out by the sea! They are both members of DPE Camera Club and both...

Wicklow Artists

The arts are thriving in County Wicklow! Sunbeam House Services service-users are excelling in many different facets of artistic endeavour including creating and performing music, photography, painting, glasswork, drama, dance, woodwork, digital media, fil making, urban art (that’s graffiti to you and me!) and even poetry. Sunbeam House Services ran its annual Photography Competition in Summer 2010- The theme was...

Drawing on real life…

Above: Aimée Richardson: "As I'm doing the voice of Punky, it is like I'm seeing myself as Punky and Punky has become a part of me." Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Right: Punky and Granny Cranky. (Photographs courtesy of The Irish Times) In an article in The Irish Times HEALTHplus supplement of 21 September 2010, Ronan McGreevy told readers about a cartoon series...

STEPPING OUTSIDE THE BOX: A drama therapy intervention with adolescents with autism

Can Drama Therapy benefit children with Autism and Intellectual Disability? Having worked with children with autism (ASD) for many years, I had reservations about the appropriateness of drama therapy as an intervention for students with autism. Specifically, the following questions came to mind: Can an adolescent with ASD take on a number of different roles within a situation, showing some degree...