Friday, July 21, 2017
Frontline Issue 89
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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

The cover of this issue features Cillian having fun—and that is a large component of a good life. The summer paralympians reminded us what can be achieved in spite of what appear to be significant obstacles—achievements that reflected their interest, determination, motivation and desire to succeed—a real demonstration of the art of the possible...

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Ability West’s Team Adult Day Service, Tuam, took part in the Irish Performing Arts Festival (IPAF) in Cork this year for the fourth time. The IPAF is about creativity, inclusion, collective and individual experience and the arts. It provides opportunities for artists from all backgrounds to share skills and develop relationships. The IPAF showcases the outstanding talents and abilities of people with intellectual disability and autism...

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by Kathy Murphy

Sanctuary Play

Any one of these points would uplift any professional theatre company. All of these are the experience this autumn for Blue Teapot Theatre Company, a professional theatre company for men and women with intellectual disabilities (ID) based in Galway city. This year Blue Teapot commissioned and produced a new play, Sanctuary, by Christian O’Reilly...

Mary Davis, Dr. Nazih Eldin, Lynn Conroy, Carol Nairn and Matt English
Mary Davis, Dr. Nazih Eldin, Lynn Conroy, Carol Nairn and Matt English

Ms Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, attended the launch of Special Olympics Ireland’s research report on health promotion on Tuesday 2 October 2012. The report, The development and evaluation of a health promotion programme for people with intellectual disabilities detailed a pilot health promotion project which was created by Special Olympics Ireland...

by Deirdre Spain

deirdre spain graduation

On 4 November 2012, I and my friends graduated from the Advocacy and Leadership Course at the DIT Mountjoy Square. All our family and friends attended the graduation ceremony. It was lovely. I had to do an interview to get a place on the course and was delighted when I got the news that I had been successful...

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by Sean Bohan

Marie is a 57-year-old woman. She came from Athlone to live in Moore Abbey Institution in Monasterevin in 1980 and she lived in what was known as ‘Main House,’ in a large unit style setting for group living. During the 1980s, Marie moved into a community residential house with 4 other people and she attended a day service with 16 other people...

Sofia Laureano-Schelten, Clinical Psychologist, Daughters of Charity Services, Dublin

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If there is something that Kathleen McDonagh truly enjoys, it is her mouth organ. Because music plays such a big role in Kathleen’s life, an idea emerged amongst the team that supports her: developing a project that involved recording Kathleen playing her mouth organ and compiling these songs into an album...

by Mark Ahern

My name is Mark Ahern and I live in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Independent living and the use of new technology have played a very significant role in my life. Independent living was an alien concept when I first heard about it, from a feisty female American wheelchair user who was determined to spread her message to Ireland. That was when I was approximately fifteen years old...