Monday, September 25, 2017
Frontline Issue 94
frontline 94


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Marie Murray explains the intricacies and balances of the caring role for families.

The Inclusion Ireland Conference in June 2013 (in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin) was entitled ‘Hearing voice and giving choice: Peer Support and Networking for self-advocates and families’. Two separate yet connected sessions took place in the morning. At one session, self-advocates met to discuss their lives, their wishes, their views, their choices and their proposals with regard to services and appropriate supports...

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Ciaran Leonard gives us a quick look at how Brazil approaches the issues around the care and education of their citizens living with intellectual disability

These few lines originate in Goiania, Central Brazil, a large city of approximately 2 million inhabitants. Having recently moved from working in Delvin, Co. Westmeath, with the Muiriosa Foundation as a social care worker, I thought a quick look at how Brazil approaches the issues around the care and education of their citizens living with ID might be of some interest to Frontline readers. As our usual points of reference are often the UK, Europe and sometimes the US, how this work is approached by this particular organisation in Latin America is interesting, to say the least...

Louise Neary & Claire Quinn say palliative care should be provided by staff with children’s nursing and medical qualifications

In the current health services, the challenge is to provide appropriate palliative care services to children with a reduction of resources and staff members in the acute, community and disability sector. Therefore healthcare professionals and service providers need to deliver services in innovative ways and use best-practice models to give quality care in the current economic climate...

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Reviewed by Niall Power and Mary de Paor.

Orla Hannon (Co. Clare), Declan Murphy (Waterford), Gráinne de Paor Down Syndrome Ireland), Shaun Bradley (Letterkenny), Councillor Clare Byrne, David O’ Brien (Dublin), Pat Clarke (Down Syndrome Ireland) and Thomas Garry (Tullamore)

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) has published an 82-page guide to Dublin, funded under the Gruntvig Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The guide is designed for persons with special needs—but it can also be useful for any city visitor. Twelve members of the DSI’s National Advisory Council devised the Dublin Smart Tourism Guide in the spring of 2013...

Patricia Regan says the use of assistive technology is proving to be an exciting and productive method for facilitating more independent-living situations.

We are living in a world where technology is integral to our day living—from waking up to the clock-radio alarm, using a smart phone reminder to attend an appointment, the use of sensor lights to make our way safely from the car to the front door at night time...

by Joan Nolan & Stephanie Lynch

Story Time with Sophie, Deirdre, Maria and the children from “Little Stars” Navan Rd. Dublin 7.

This is the story of how two young adults with a physical and intellectual disability undertook a new valued role in their local crèche. It involves Jackie and Sophie, the innovative staff from Siamsa, the use of appropriate Assistive Technology, hard work and a warm welcome from Sandra and the children of Little Stars, on the Navan Rd.

Stephanie Lynch, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistive Technology, Daughters of Charity, St Vincent’s Centre describes the IT amenities for those with an intellectual disability.

Blanchardstown Library, the largest Public Library in Ireland, is situated opposite Dublin’s Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, beside the Draoícht Theatre and on a busy bus route...

by Kathleen Cooley

‘Hello, my name is Kathleen Cooley and I am 73. I had a great party for my last birthday. I live in a house with six of my friends. My hobbies are knitting, making jewellery with beads, meeting my friends and I like watching television...

Julie Doyle on various types of technologies to support independent living for older adults

Countries globally have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in the number of older adults. As a result there has been an elevated interest in understanding the factors that may support the maintenance of independent living and quality of life of older adults. Extending the opportunity for older people to age in a place of their choice is a major policy alternative to long term care, thereby enabling older people to stay active, productive and engaged in society and to enjoy a higher quality of life for longer...

Kevin Hoey, Sunbeam House Services, Bray on a pilot scheme that empowers those with an ID through technology.

Hop on a bus or a train and at least half the passengers are clicking some gadget, be it a smart phone or the latest tablet. Not so long ago, the only person seen with such a device was probably a person with a communication challenge, the device being used solely, and in many cases reluctantly, to overcome some sensory deficit. In many cases the device was bulky and probably cost a king’s ransom...