Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 95

UNITED WE STAND: PARENTS IN THE MIDLANDS

A new and favourable precedent was set on 4 March, 2014, as three parent groups came together to meet with the Midlands HSE Disability Services. Members of the Laois Offaly Families for Autism (LOFFA), the Offaly Association for People with Intellectual Disability (Offaly ID), and Offaly Down Syndrome Association joined forces to forge communication...

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Where would we be without technology these days? It drives so much of what we do: whether it’s how we want TV (on demand, Netflix, and other streaming services take up as much of our attention as terrestrial TV stations), listen to the radio (internet/digital radio anyone?), keep in touch with one another, or plan our daily work schedules....

A NEW APP TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH COMMUNICATION NEEDS

The past few years have seen a revolution in the use of mobile technology. Phones, iPads, tablets … one can hardly keep up with the latest gadget. With the introduction of these devices and a myriad of apps, we are provided with a new method of learning that is both beneficial and challenging for those with communication needs...

MAKING A WILL: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Planning for the future can be a very difficult and worrying thing to do. Planning for a future after you have gone can be one of the most difficult and upsetting tasks of all. It is no surprise that many people delay thinking about making a will, but delaying and ultimately failing to make a will can have serious consequences for your family, especially if you have a family member with an intellectual disability...

GRIEF AND LOSS

It is hard to write about grief and loss because they are private and individual experiences, even in a world where most things are public. Occasionally grief becomes public, as in the reactions to Princess Diana’s death which ended up expressing people’s sorrow at their own losses...

Using Life Story Books to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Have Been Bereaved

Background: Described by Fahlberg as ‘...an account of a child’s [person’s] life in words, pictures, photographs and documents, made by the child [person] with the help of a trusted friend [helper]’ (Fahlberg 2012), life story books (LSBs) originated in adoption and fostering services as a tool to build the child’s sense of personal identity, and thereby to support their ability to deal with crisis and change...

BEREAVEMENT AND PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: SUGGESTIONS FOR SUPPORT

ealing with the death of someone close is a difficult and painful event. For individuals with an intellectual disability, personal loss brings the same distressing emotional reactions felt by relatives and friends (Dodd and Guerin 2009; Gilrane-McGarry and Taggart 2007). However, there is a need to prepare and support people with ID who have been bereaved...

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

The Pastoral Support Service has grown to become an integral part of the support service that is hallmarked by the essence of inclusion in the ultimate recognition of the importance of spirituality in the lives of all stakeholders, especially for staff in their daily work with people with intellectual disability, the individual families and broader society...