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Frontline Issue 98

Joe Wolfe takes a critical look at the effects of a more stringent approach to the application of standards and regulation in services for people with intellectual disabilities.

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...

Deirdre Corby highlights the importance of keeping up your reading and writing skills.

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.

Andra and her family live with Kyle’s Autism and Epilepsy in a tough environment for services, which brings the concept of Quality Of Life sharply into focus…

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?...

Anna Kingston regrets the loss of so many of our young people to emigration, and makes a compelling case for meaningful occupation for people with intellectual disability in modern Ireland.

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...

Derek McNamara makes the argument for a refocusing of the client-staff relationship in Intellectual Disability services across Ireland in our modern, policy-driven world.

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...

Anita Stefańska, PhD, University of Poznań, Poland discusses the benefits of drama and theatre in education for people with intellectual disability

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.

Martin and Evelyn Conneely take us on a tour of holidays with their son Jack…

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.