Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 85

PREPARING FOR INSPECTIONS OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Introduction The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory authority with responsibility for setting standards for health and social care services and for ensuring that such standards are met. HIQA is responsible for the registration and inspection of residential services for people with disabilities under the Health Act (2007). The Authority published its National quality standards: Residential Services...

ST MARY’S PARENTS AND FRIENDS

St Mary’s Parents and Friends, South Hill Delvin, began over 50 years ago, during the 1960s when times were tough. Its main focus at that time was on fundraising to give additional comfort to residents. This culminated in a mega drive to raise funds for a hydra therapy pool which opened in the early 1980s. This was probably the...

KERRY PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION 1973–2011

The Beginning Prior to 1968, as was the case in most other parts of rural Ireland, children with an intellectual disability were either kept at home or placed in residential Centres far from home. Many adults with an intellectual disability were inappropriately placed in St. Finan’s Psychiatric Hospital in Killarney. In 1968 a residential facility for children with an intellectual...

ABILITY WEST

The genesis of Ability West (formerly known as The Galway County Association for Mentally Handicapped Children) occurred in 1961, when a parent Sean Keane wrote two letters to the local Connacht Tribune looking for support from interested people to set up services in Galway for children with mental handicap. Although he received no replies or offers of support, unknown to...

Review of the Report of Disability Policy

Disability services The Policy Review criticises current Irish disability services as ‘segregated group settings’ which ‘purport to use Person-centred planning’. I have a more positive view of the services that I know well, ones which have adopted the CQL system of outcome measures, and whose staff members ask individuals what they want, and then advocate for them—to find part-time...

How people with an intellectual disability cope with bereavement

Bereavement is a universal experience. We have social structures, support systems, teachings and rituals to help us understand and recover from significant loss. As people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are living longer, many are experiencing an increased range of life events, including bereavement. In the general population, there is significant research interest in identifying those grief-related symptoms and factors...

THE ‘OUR SAY, OUR RIGHTS’ QUILT PROJECT

Background The idea for the ‘Our Say, Our Rights’ quilt project came up at an IDRights meeting earlier this year. IDRights is a group that is working to link together human rights activities in Ireland and to make a new human rights activity that will include many people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. We want: . To meet and talk...

PAST PRESIDENTS OF INCLUSION IRELAND SAY A FEW WORDS…

Left to right: Jean Spain, Tony Darmody, Annie Ryan, Stephen Kealy, Deirdre Carroll, Gerry Ryan, Frieda Finlay, Bill Shorten, Eamon Carpenter, Jim Gilmartin, Finula Garrahy and Ann Donovan. The National Association for the Mentally Handicapped of Ireland secured the prestigious 6th World Inclusion Congress for Ireland in 1972. I had the honour of being appointed Chairman of this event. We...

LOOKING BACK — A REFLECTION

Right: St. Ita’s Psychiatric Hospital, Portrane, Co. Dublin, which was built in 1896 as an overflow facility for the Richmond Asylum in Dublin City Centre. When I look back on 1976, what I remember above all is the overwhelming sense of rejection which settled over our family. It was in that year that our son could no longer be accommodated...

50 YEARS A-GROWING!

The last 50 years have been a tough but incredible journey for Inclusion Ireland. The vision and pioneering spirit of the founders of NAMHI and the work and commitment of everybody involved with this unique organisation have meant that we have made huge strides in terms of bringing meaning to the term ‘inclusion’. We have come a long way in...