Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 89

Imagining a Better Life

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...

VALUE FOR MONEY AND POLICY REVIEW OF DISABILITY SERVICES—HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, OR A DAMP SQUIB?

Last July, shortly after government minsters, TDs and senators went on their summer holidays, the Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services (VFM) report was published to little or no fanfare, discussion in the media or, conveniently, debate in the Dáil...

Stephen’s Tunnel

Community Polytunnel
My friend Greg and I started a project three years ago that we were passionate about. Our passion is gardening and Greg and I have a medium-size garden in a polytunnel. Our polytunnel is at the back of the house where I live, which is called Cara Cheshire Home in the Phoenix Park...

PREPARING FOR INSPECTION OF RESIDENTIAL services for people with disabilities

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. This responsibility extends to residential services / centres for people with disabilities...

Our book of Rights

Rights Poster
In April 2011 we got together with the help of Pat Maloney and Audrey Ryan and formed an advocacy group which talked about our rights. This group met once a week for six weeks. At the end of the 6 weeks a working group was set up, who worked on the signs and how we would tell everyone about our book of rights...

When I have a goal!

Áine Lawlor
My name is Áine Lawlor and I am 28 years old. I did a course in Killester College. I did a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) course for two years. The course was a year-long, but they let me do it over two years, so the pressure was taken off me that way. Also I got a disability worker to help me.

Cillian

Cillian at Dundalk
Like in so many families, sporting activities, reading and indeed all hobbies are things that have been incorporated into my children’s lives—often without realising the full rewards they bring. For my four eldest children, from when they started school (and sometimes before that, if they showed an interest), weekends in our home became absorbed into one long taxi ride, ferrying children to and from music lessons, sports and various other social outings...

‘Behold the turtle—he only makes progress when he sticks his neck out’

SOS is a place where we encourage people to stick their necks out and we celebrate the effort it takes. Like many similar organisations, SOS was founded by a group of parents in Kilkenny and it has grown to support over 160 people with intellectual disabilities and their families...

ABILITY WEST

ability-west-drama
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...

Brewing up success!

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...