Monday, September 25, 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...

→ Do you remember the first time you met a person with an intellectual disability (ID)?
→ Do you remember the preconceived ideas you had about people with ID?
→ Do you remember the names people with ID were called? (spa, simple, mentaller, etc.)
If you are not acquainted with anyone with ID and you don’t work in the disability area, the answers to those questions still give a lot of food for thought and reflection by Michael Teehan, Sunbeam House Services, Co. Wicklow

In recent years people with disabilities have been receiving a much more positive profile in the media. To a large extent this can be attributed to events such as Special Olympics, the trend towards mainstreaming children with ID in schools, and—not least—the strides made by the disability movement towards community integration.

by Siobhan Kane

A new training toolkit has been launched that aims to tackle workplace bullying of adults with an intellectual disability. It is aimed at employers, trainers and support staff. The project is called ‘Let me be Me’, and is funded by the European Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci fund...

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Jonathan Egan shares his tips on how fellow psychologists can keep the stresses of the job at bay.

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...

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Men’s health and, in particular, the health of men with intellectual disabilities needs as much research as women’s argues Michael McKeon, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dublin City University

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...

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Fintan K. Sheerin starts off our series of articles on Advocacy with a call for changes in how those with ‘intellectual disability’ are treated by the disability services.

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

by Máiríde Woods

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...

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Claire Rodgers talks about her experience of the National Advocacy Service.

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...

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Disability Psychotherapy Ireland Conference, 17 November 2012, Dublin Angelina Veiga, Disability Psychotherapist

‘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...