Thursday, June 22, 2017
Frontline Issue 95
frontline 95


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Owen Doody, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, writes that every individual’s experience of grief is unique—including those with an intellectual disability.

One of the most significant trends seen in recent years has been the increasing longevity of people with intellectual disability (Doody et al. 2013). Advances in medical and neonatal care, along with deinstitutionalisation, have increased life expectancy for most individuals with intellectual disability...

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Nancy Morgan gives an overview of how those with an intellectual disability experience and manifest grief.

All of us encounter grief during our lives. Queen Elizabeth, speaking to relatives of people killed in the 9/11 attacks said ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’ The death of a loved one can cause intense grief and it is believed to be amongst the most painful of all human experiences. John Bowlby (1980), writing on attachment and loss, said that ‘without attachment there can be no sense of grief.’...

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Bob McCormack on the Care & Support of Residents in Designated Centres for Persons (Children & Adults) with Disabilities Regulations.

On 1 November last year, the Minister for Health signed the Care & Support of Residents in Designated Centres for Persons (Children & Adults) with Disabilities Regulations into law (Statutory Instrument No.366 of 2013). This enabled HIQA inspectors to call unannounced at any time to a house or institution where individuals with a disability lived and were supported by a service provider receiving public funding—unless they had a ‘real and meaningful’ individual tenancy arrangement...

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Dr B Ramasubbu, Midlands Regional Hospital, writes that those with an ID are more at risk of poor bone health

Bone health is a topical issue in the medical world at present for all ages, races and both genders. Those with intellectual disability (ID) have many risk factors for poor bone health. Dietary deficiencies, poor mobility and low sunlight exposure and Vitamin D levels lower bone mineral density and increase the risk of osteoporosis (‘brittle bones’). With thinner, more brittle bones recurrent fractures can result, worsening quality of life and putting more obstacles in the path of individuals already dealing with more challenges than most...

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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

In the past in Ireland, it was not unusual that when a husband died their widow did not always go to the graveyard for the burial. Children, depending on their age, were also often prevented from attending their parent’s funeral. In both situations, well intentioned relatives and friends wanted to minimise their emotional fallout, not realising that active engagement with the grieving was an important part of the process of dealing with loss. This issue of Frontline has the theme of grief and loss in the lives of people with an intellectual disability...

Mary Moran, Labour Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Disability, Equality and Mental Health, on the national finals of Special Olympics Ireland.

Dundalk Special Olympics team with their medals on return to Dundalk

“Let me win- But if I cannot, let me be brave in the attempt”. This was the motto repeated by 1,500 athletes throughout Limerick between 12 – 15th June at the national finals of Special Olympics Ireland...

Fiona Duignan, Policy & Project Manager, Inclusion Ireland

Inclusion Ireland hosted its annual conference and AGM at the Radisson Blu, Limerick, on 10 May 2014. Over 150 delegates were in attendance and attended three workshops. The workshops were all facilitated or supported by Inclusion Ireland staff and focussed on the following topics: Self Advocacy, HSE Reform Programme which covered, Progressing Children’s Disability Services, New Directions and Congregated Settings and the final workshop was on Assisted Decision Making...

by Geraldine Meagher

Recently the Special Olympic were held in Limerick hosted by the University of Limerick. This short article traces the event for a boy with severe intellectual disability (Joe Kelly) and his Special Olympics trainer (Geraldine Meagher). Geraldine works in Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, teaching sport and swimming to students with intellectual disability...