Friday, November 24, 2017

Has Regulation of Residential Settings Improved The Standards and Quality of Life of People with Disabilities? A provisional view

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory authority with responsibility for registering and inspecting residential services for people with disabilities in Ireland. The regulations for residential services were enacted in 2013. Inspections have commenced with a number of services having undergone registration inspections, while some have had monitoring inspections and others have undergone both types of inspection...

SQUEEZED BY Giants: HIQA AND THE HSE

Like many parents from the intellectual disability area, I welcomed the coming of HIQA. I thought it would provide useful oversight of services, safeguard people’s rights and provide an independent arbiter for complaints. What I didn’t foresee was another blanket of bureaucracy...

Reading, Writing and Quality of Life

Learning language and how to communicate starts from the day you are born. We use language to explain how we feel about things, and to communicate with people around us. While we are learning speech and ways to communicate, we are learning things that will also help us with learning to read and write (literacy). Being able to read and write is important as it helps us in school, in work and in life generally. So, literacy is one of those areas that if we have difficulties with it, that can have an impact on our quality of life.

QUALITY OF LIFE: What does it mean when your child has Autism?

Kyle
Quality of Life can mean a lot of things to society as a whole. For most people, it means a good job, nice house and car, family and money for luxuries, and then you are pretty much all set - right?...

Something meaningful to do every day should be a right enshrined in law

Youth unemployment in Ireland is currently over 22 percent, and Irish parents are heartbroken watching their young adult sons and daughters emigrate to far away shores for work as there is nothing here for them. As difficult as this is, these young people are, in my opinion, lucky as they are able to emigrate and find a meaningful occupation elsewhere...

POLICIES AND PREDICAMENTS

In the last twenty-five years, many hefty tomes of policy documents have been published in the arena of intellectual disabilities in Ireland—from Needs and abilities (1990), A strategy for equality (1996) to A time to move on from congregated settings (2011) and New directions (2012).

FEAR OF THE FILE: Psychotherapy and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in modern Ireland

I have been lucky enough as a psychotherapist in private practice to work with a lot of men and women who have intellectual disabilities and this opening quote has come from that work. Something that is continually coming up for my clients in recent times is their ‘fear of the file’ and the desire to have it destroyed by any means possible...

A TIME TO ENGAGE

Stephen Kealy
Consumer protection is valued by any person purchasing a product or service, and the supporting legislation is robust. Essentially, consumer legislation is there to protect the public from shoddy goods, services and practices...

THEATRE THERAPY AS AN APPROACH TO SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Boosting resourcefulness and optimism in people with disabilities, by highlighting their independence and involvement in the creative process, is one of the objectives of the author's concept of the theatre therapy named Theatre of Thought.

FROM A BED IN A DRAWER TO A BED IN A PALACE (and everything between)

Jack-at-the-Matterhorn
From a drawer in the wilds of Connemara to a five star hotel with a view of the pyramids, Jack, our “special” son, has had plenty of exposure to holiday experiences. He is an only child, born in 1990- Our early holidays with Jack were with family in Galway. We had the use of a deserted house near Maam Cross but did not have a car and our luggage had to be minimal. So the paraphernalia now associated with babies was not a runner for Jack. Which is how he came to be sleeping in a drawer on his first “holiday”. He coped well with the intermittent lack of running water in that old house and was fascinated by the spiders and the open fire. Due to broken fences, the house was always close to invasion by sheep, an excitement he loved. The little stream that ran through the front “lawn” of that house was a source of intense interest to him as a dam-builder.