Sunday, July 23, 2017
Frontline Issue 94
frontline 94


Eoin O’Herlihy explores thinking beyond disability access, especially when conducting access audits, designing buildings, and making services accessible, usable and welcoming to everyone. Eoin provides some everyday examples of good practice whilst highlighting the benefits of a rounded approach towards making services accessible for all.

The majority of people coming to use buildings or environments are visiting to use a particular service or engage in a specific activity, such as taking out a book or using computers in a library, exercising in a gym, participating in an arts event, paying for motor tax in a public building, attending court, attending school or playing in a park or playground...

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Eimir McGrath on a Seminar by Dr Alan Corbett, Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, 30 November 2013—hosted by Disability Psychotherapy Ireland

Psychotherapy for people with intellectual disabilities is an area of clinical practice that sadly is often overlooked. Specialist training is very difficult to access in Ireland, so the one-day seminar, Sitting at the Edge of Intelligence, was an extremely valuable opportunity to hear expert in the field, Dr Alan Corbett, speak of the key issues that need to be considered when working therapeutically with people with intellectual disabilities...

Alan Corbett weighs up the pros and cons for assistive technology.

Assistive technology is a growing industry, with a wide range of tools being developed to help people with disabilities process and communicate spoken language. As this issue of Frontline demonstrates, there is much to be excited about in this wave of technological innovation...

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Mary de Paor digests a seminar held in Dublin explaining the Assisted Decision-Making Bill, 2013

An informative seminar on the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill 2013, was held on 6 February in the offices of the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin, organised by Inclusion Ireland, Leap and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy of NUI Galway. It was presented by Dr Eilionóir Flynn of the NUIG Centre...

Dr John Dinsmore, Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, Trinity College Dublin, explains that researchers and technology developers will maximise and refine better assistive technology (AT) use

‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’ These words from Steve Jobs have echoed as my mantra to creating new ‘assistive technologies’ from research since the moment I picked up my first iPod in 2002 and wanted to understand why this technology and the iPhone and iPad that followed have been so groundbreaking, that globally they been adopted into mainstream life.

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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...