Sunday, April 30, 2017
Frontline Issue 92
frontline 92


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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

Late summer can be an exciting time for many 17 and 18 year olds as they take satisfaction in the points earned in their Leaving Certificates and look forward to attending a third-level college. For students disappointed in their exam results there are multiple educational and training options available to them—opportunities which will allow them to build a life for themselves independent of their parents...

Jane Fitzpatrick on the challenges of independent living (written with the support of Derek McNamara)

My name is Jane Fitzpatrick, I am 33 years of age and I am adult with a mild intellectual disability. I am originally from the Foxrock area. These days, with the support of my Mum and Dad and family and some great staff that have been working with me over the last couple of years, I am living independently in Stillorgan...

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COME IN, WE’RE OPEN! Celebrating the launch of the Open Door project are Carmel Hanley, Michael Boylan (left) and Michael DeLoughrey (right), Western Care, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

A new project to engage with employers across the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region and to increase the number of people with disabilities working in the open labour market was launched recently by Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD...

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Orla Coppinger explains the two year project which aims to give access to the labour market to those with an intellectual disability

The Brothers of Charity Services Galway have embarked on an exciting new ‘Let’s Get to Work’ supported employment initiative, under the Disability Activation Project launched by Pobal, which is a not-for-profit company which manages programmes on behalf of the Irish government and the EU. Pobal promotes social and economic inclusion, reconciliation and equality through the piloting of new initiatives...

Siobhán Kane Communications & Information Manager

At the end of June, the Disability Rights Coalition Ireland (DRCI) held a briefing for TDs and Senators on issues affecting school leavers. Every year young adults leaving school and training who need further supports from disability services face an anxious and stressful summer as they wait to hear what, if any, service will be available for them. The DRCI briefing aimed to shift the focus of this debate, and to educate politicians on the many issues involved...

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Darshini Ramasubbu explains how those with an intellectual disability can prevent dental decay

Prevention is the focus for all patients, regardless of any disability present. The best way to thwart disease is to be aware of its causes and how to avoid or minimise them. As regards the mouth, the two main problems which afflict patients are dental decay and gum disease...

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John Costello, consultant with Beauchamps Solicitors and a past President of the Law Society, explains how the new Bill will clarify the decision-making rights of those with an intellectual disability

‘“The moral test” of government is how its treats those who are in the dawn of life (children), those who are in the twilight of life (the elderly, and those who are in the shadow of life) the sick, needy or disabled)’. These words were spoken by the American politician Hubert Humphrey many years ago, but they reflect the ideals which every government must have to protect the most vulnerable members of our society...

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Dr N. Ross, MAS and Dr L. Levasseur, MAS - Foyer e Vie Saint Louis, Center for Mental Handicap – Villepinte, Seine Saint Denis; Chief Médical Officer & J.N. Marzo, Medical unit – Maison d’Arret, Seine Saint Denis, France

It is widely considered that people with intellectual disability (ID) do not get a fair hearing in the judicial and penal system in France. If this is true they may be over-represented in the prison system. If accepted as true, how can it be proved and what studies have been carried out to confirm this perception?...

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Avril Webster writes that families acting together can be a powerful voice for disability rights

I spoke recently at the Inclusion Ireland AGM (18 June 2013), when Siobhán Kane had asked me to talk about how families have influenced me and the importance of supporting each other. Stephen Kealy, Editor of Frontline caught me over coffee and asked me to write up my presentation for Frontline — so here it is!...

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Paul Henry reports from the conference

Tony Bates and Vincent Coyle with friends and supporters of Social Farming at the Social Farming across Borders Conference

At the Social Farming Across Borders (SoFAB for short) conference held in Carrick on Shannon on 12 June 2013, the large attendance of almost 200 heard about the activities to promote social farming in the border counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic. The participants learned of the experiences of established social farmers from Ireland, the UK and Flanders...