Friday, July 21, 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...

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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...

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Zoe Hughes reviews a production which gives a creative outlet for those with a disability.

On 25-26 July, a unique, wonderful and completely sold-out production took to the stage in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Smock Alley has played host to many wonderful productions, but this one was slightly different. It was the culmination of two years of hard work for the members of The RhythmRoom Theatre company—a company that includes actors both with and without disabilities coming together to create something unique...

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Dr B Ramasubbu, Senior House Officer in Emergency Medicine, explains the chief obstacles and the ways to overcome them for patients with intellectual disability in the Emergency Department

All patients in the hospital emergency department are different. Tall or short, old or young, and each one will have a different experience. For those with intellectual disability, it can be a particularly frightening time. Tummy pain or headache, combined with unfamiliar surroundings, can make many tearful and upset. This potentially traumatic time can be eased by vigilant staff who are aware that subtle changes in their approach can make a huge difference to this group of patients and their overall emergency department experience...

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I read with interest your articles dealing with the interface between people with intellectual disability and the legal system. Most were very interesting. In relation to people with ID who are involved in childcare proceedings as parents, I think you might have mentioned the Brady circular which refers to such clients’ right to a support person to ensure their position is put in court and that they have an understanding of the legal process...