Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 90

‘How was a person heard?’

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...

WELLBEING

As a psychologist, I suppose I should have a lot to say about wellbeing, although it is sometimes difficult to practice what I preach, particularly with two very small sons (Ted aged 2 years, 3 months, and Leo, a sparking 7 month old). I have, however, come across some bits of wisdom from the behavioural and medical sciences, and here are my top nine suggestions toward fostering your wellbeing...

MEN GET A RAW DEAL

With extensive research on women’s health, it’s now time to take men’s health out of the closet—to examine all aspects of health, for all men, including men with intellectual disability. Rowe (2009) wrote that Irish men think their health is excellent, while at the same time they lack the knowledge, communication, and motivation to manage many of the preventable health conditions they may face...

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN IRELAND: Changing Perspectives

Having worked for more than 27 years in Irish intellectual disability services, nursing and disability education, it is my assertion that, despite the onset of new philosophies of service, not too much has actually changed for many people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland at a fundamental level, and that apparently improved outcomes may actually be changes

BACK TO BALLYMUN

I went for an uncomfortable trip down memory lane last night. It led me past a clinic where I had brought my four-year-old daughter in 1975, to a school hall in Ballymun where about one hundred people were sitting under children’s art work. Waiting for bad news...

A Strong Voice

I first approached the National Advocacy Service seeking support in August 2011, after I had heard about the work and ethos of the National Advocacy Service. I knew that their key objective was to empower people with disabilities to voice their needs issues and concerns with the support of a trained advocate...

Forensic Disabilities

‘Forensic Disabilities’, a morning seminar led by Tamsin Cottis and Richard Curen of Respond, London, brought us into the world of intellectual disability, trauma and sexual harmful behaviour. Respond has pioneered the use of psychotherapy as a treatment choice for those who have experienced abuse and trauma, and for those who have abused others. Besides psychotherapy, Respond also has a range of other supportive services which they provide for those most vulnerable...

HIQA DRAFT NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL CENTRES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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...

TWENTY YEARS ON: The Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities and the development of advocacy for people with disabilities

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 to an end in 1992. This culminated in the UN adoption of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in 1993. The Standard Rules provided governments with a human rights...

HOW TO BREAK BAD NEWS TO PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: A guide for carers and professionals by Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

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...