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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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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...

DATA COLLECTION AND BARRIERS TO DISCLOSURE, Elaine Mears, Data and Services Information Manager, Rape Crisis Network Ireland

In June 2011 the National Disability Authority commissioned Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) to undertake research on sexual violence and disability. This research aims to inform policy on providing appropriate disclosure support and abuse monitoring data systems to people with disabilities who are subjected to sexual violence...

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Derek McNamara, Damien McLoughlin and Jane Fitzpatrick from STEP and City Gate in Dublin went to see Branching Out, an original show by the Inside Out Project in association with the Connect People Network.

On 4 November 2012, staff of STEP and City Gate in County Dublin and some of the men and women they support attended the Inside Out performance of their original show entitled Branching out in the Smock Alley theatre...

→ 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...