Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 94

Story Time in Little Stars Crèche Featuring Jackie and Sophie

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.

Assistive Technology In Our Library

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...

Pouring My Tea

‘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...

THE NETWELL CENTRE AND CASALA—ENHANCING LONGER LIVING IN SMARTER PLACES

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...

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: NEVER MORE ACCESSIBLE OR ‘INVISIBLE’

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...

ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION AND ASD

Not so long ago I was getting some help from my fourteen year old niece to download something onto my phone. As I struggled with the task she said, ‘Maybe it was easier when apple and blackberry were just fruits.’ I’m sure she heard these words from some wiser person, but at that moment I wouldn’t have minded if they had been just fruits again!...

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Stephen Kealy
It is always interesting and enjoyable to watch youngsters use electronic equipment with such ease, with no inhibition in finding out how a particular piece of hardware (with its accompanying software) works—maybe with lots of trial and error, but focused on achieving their goal. Children as young as 18 months are enthralled by a single switch operation on an iPad or other electronic devices. Looking at students at a university lecture highlights the ubiquitous importance of the laptop. Many National Schools have multimedia available in the classroom and many pupils have access to iPads or laptops...

BETTER NIGHTS, BETTER DAYS

Acoustic monitoring can provide a great opportunity to improve the quality of care for people with an intellectual disability. An acoustic monitoring system non-intrusively listens to sleeping residents and triggers an alarm when the sound level in a room exceeds individually set thresholds. Staff monitoring the system only listen into the room once an alarm has been triggered...

News from Inclusion Ireland

Data released by the HSE shows waiting lists of over two years in some areas for therapy services such as occupational or speech and language therapy. Approximately 2090 children are waiting at least twelve months for occupational therapy...

Making My Home Work For Me Guidebook

The Assistive Technology Team, Daughters of Charity, Dublin (DOC AT Team) have put together a Guidebook for better access for people with intellectual disabilities. The guidebook was initially put together to help individuals who were moving from congregated settings into homes in their community. As it evolved, it became apparent that the guidebook would be useful to anyone in their existing home or when looking for a new home...