Monday, December 11, 2017

Frontline Issue 82

USING INTENSIVE INTERACTION

This book is a primer in the practical use of Intensive Interaction for teachers, nurses, care staff, parents and others with an interest in engaging with people with profound and complex intellectual disability. Intensive interaction was developed by Melanie Nind and Dave Hewitt in the 1990s as an educational approach that enabled close communication to be developed between teachers and...

A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES

Reports of research projects are usually destined to gather dust on library shelves. Policy makers and service providers may be entranced by the idea of finding out what works or what’s needed, but they have much less enthusiasm for implementing the changes proposed by research findings. Having authored a fair few reports in my career, I still live in...

ETHICS: A Public-Private Partnership

Introduction For many, ethics is the stuff of moral philosophy rather than everyday fare. Applied to health, it plays a supporting role in films or television drama when heroic surgeons appeal to ethics in order to resolve dreadful human dilemmas. From time to time, headlines deplore an absence of ethics in the behaviour of practitioners who stand accused of flouting...

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION AND FUNCTIONING (ICF) IN TAIWAN: Opportunities and problems

As a latecomer to the status of welfare state, Taiwan in the last two decades has been using other countries’ solutions to solve its social problem. Disability policy is no exception. In this short article, I briefly review Taiwan’s disability policy, explain why and how the ICF (International Classification of Functioning) was introduced in Taiwan, and discuss the future...

Promoting Sexual Health

The Sexual Health Centre was established in 1987 as a support service for people affected by HIV/AIDS. We have greatly expanded upon our services since the centre’s inception and now provide sexual health promotion, helpline, pregnancy testing, crisis pregnancy and drop in services alongside our HIV support services. The Sexual Health Centre (SHC) has been through many transformations in response...

WOLF WOLFENSBERGER, 1934 – 2011

Sadly, Professor Emeritus Wolf Wolfensberger died yesterday, 28 February 2011, following a long illness. His was a very productive life, well spent. Dr Wolfensberger had a strong commitment to people who were made vulnerable in a society where individualism, utilitarianism and hedonism reign. He made a huge contribution to people with disabilities. He was a visionary, a devastating analyst and...

Respecting Willie’s last wishes

William Dillon, a former resident of Sunbeam House Services (SHS) in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, passed away peacefully on Saturday 4 December 2010. William came to SHS ins 1994 and had lived in the Valleyview Bungalows residential unit since July 2004. Willie had no family, but this was compensated for by his wide circle of friends, both within Sunbeam House and...

BREAST HEALTH: what every woman should know

There are very few of us these days who have not been affected by cancer; whether directly or through a loved one or acquaintance. Talking about cancer can be a difficult and scary experience for people, but it is through education that we can understand it better and make good choices about our health. Being able to make informed...

Special Olympics Ireland launches Intellectual Disability education module for volunteers

Special Olympics Ireland, in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, launched its intellectual disability module of education for volunteers on Wednesday 2 March 2011. The module consists of a set of integrated presentations which contain clear and coherent information to enable volunteers to carry out their roles more effectively, thus ensuring a more positive experience for them and the Special Olympics...

SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

For those of us working in the area of intellectual disability, it's easy sometimes to assume many things. To assume we know why someone is in a bad mood, to assume that the washing-up takes precedence over having a cup of tea with a resident, to assume that people with disabilities are not interested in sex, and definitely not...