Friday, April 28, 2017
Frontline Issue 90
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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

Nemo iudex in sua causa – no man should be a judge in his own case. Essentially what this means in practice is – ‘how was a person heard?’ This applies to people on either side of the process. Fair procedures demand that a person is heard not only without bias, but also that any decisions taken about a person are not taken without that person having an opportunity to be heard and be assisted to respond...

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Kieran Murphy (RNID), Lecturer in Disability Studies, Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork

Despite the fact that over 9,000 people are availing of residential disability services in this country, there is no oversight of the standard of care being provided to any person. With this in mind, on 17 October, the Health Information and Quality Authority launched the draft national standards for residential centres for people with disabilities...

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first meeting of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities (the Commission). Advocacy featured prominently in the work of the Commission. In this article, Jim Winters, Inclusion Ireland, looks at the some of the significant milestones in the development of advocacy for people with disabilities since that inaugural meeting of the Commission in November 1993.

Introduction The 1990s was an important decade for the advancement of human rights of people with disabilities. Internationally, the UN ‘Decade of Disabled Persons’ came...

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Reviewed by Stephen Kealy

Bad News Book Cover

It is likely that anybody working with people with intellectual disabilities, at some time or another, has had to break bad news to them, sometimes perhaps in an unhelpful way. For some people with the intellectual disability, the comprehension of what they have been told may not be readily observable. Understanding is sometimes inferred...

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Senator Mary Moran, Seanad Labour Spokesperson on Disability, on why she decided to run for office in 2011 and accept the Taoiseach’s nomination for the Seanad.

In February 2011 I made a decision to contest the General Election –a decision that has changed the course of my life. For ten years...

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Reviewed by Seamus Ryan, PhD, Psychologist in Clinical Training, NUI Galway.

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The Art and Science of Motivation is a guide for therapists and practitioners who work with children in health and educational settings. Its specific focus is on children at risk of developmental disadvantage as a result of physical, developmental or social disabilities...

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Jean Spain outlines the services and positive feedback for the Communication and Supporting Skills and the Pathways to Possibilities programmes

For many years the Communication and Supporting Skills Programme and The Pathways to Possibilities training courses for parents have been taking place all over Ireland. The courses have been funded by GENIO and administrated by Inclusion Ireland...

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Liz Lernihan, Kerry Parents and Friends, on setting an advocacy group in Kerry and their ups and downs over the last three years

Members of the Advocacy Group, who continue to speak out for themselves and others in Kerry Parents and Friends Association: Michelle O Leary; Josephine Ryan; Jimmy O Shea; Patrick Gallivan; Kathleen Healy and Denise Ridout (not in picture).
Members of the Advocacy Group, who continue to speak out for themselves and others in Kerry Parents and Friends Association: Michelle O Leary; Josephine Ryan; Jimmy O Shea; Patrick Gallivan; Kathleen Healy and Denise Ridout (not in picture).

In 2009 we set up an advocacy group in The Old Monastery Day Service, Killarney. We spent some time working on personal and interpersonal development which helped our self-awareness and also improved our abilities to be part of a group. Using role play, we developed good communication skills...

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Kathy O’Grady, Muiríosa Foundation, Mullingar, considers the potential quandaries of Advocacy through some real life examples

Advocacy is an alluring concept. Everything thinks it is great—like apple pie and motherhood. But advocacy, while intellectually seductive, is nothing if it is not complex. An advocate is defined by Webster’s dictionary as ‘one who pleads the cause of another; one who defends, vindicates, or espouses to the cause by argument; a pleader in favour of someone; an upholder; a defender who supports and vindicates.’...

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Mairide Woods, formerly of the Citizens Advice Bureau, explains the origins and role of the National Advocacy Service

The National Advocacy Service for people with disabilities (NAS) is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board and results from the National Disability Strategy, which also produced the Disability Act. The purpose is to give the person with a disability a spokesperson/interpreter/ assistant, particularly at formal decision-making forums where they might be at a disadvantage. It does not yet have statutory powers...