Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fun

Life Stories and iPads: A New Way to Keep Memories

Have you ever noticed that as we grow older it becomes harder to remember important stories and information about our lives? These memories hold lots of information about ourselves, and the way we like to live our lives. Life stories can be a good way of gathering up the stories and information about ourselves, so that we can make sure we continue to live our lives as we would like.

STRICTLY LET’S DANCE: The Results…

Lucy and Darragh dancing
Well, the big day had arrived, after 8 weeks of intensive dance training Darragh and I were ready. The Strictly Let’s Dance Waterford in aid of The Solas Centre, South-East Cancer Foundation, was finally here. We had our routines practiced to perfection, our costumes bought and altered, our props sorted and the hair and make-up professionally done (well for me, not Darragh obviously!)...

Mei Lin Yap

My motivation in life is the desire to succeed -the urge to reach my full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. I found out I have Down Syndrome when I was in my teens, up to then although I knew people who have Intellectual disabilities it never occurred to me that I have one too.

How people with a learning disability, living in a community setting, are spending their leisure time

Introduction This article reports the results of a survey conducted on the leisure activities of 38 adults with mild to severe learning disabilities attending a day centre in the west of Ireland. Information was collected on the activities individuals engaged in, with particular emphasis being placed on the participation of individuals in ordinary community-based activities, involving individuals without learning disabilities. The...

Exploring leisure for people with profound learning and multiple disabilities: a literature review

Brightbill and Mobley (1977) define real leisure not as enforced free time but rather as the opportunity to choose freely those activities of greatest preference and interest from a variety of options. Choice is the essence of leisure, and it is this element of choice that differentiates leisure from what might be considered therapy, although many leisure activities have...

DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE VALUES: Education through leisure activities

The fact that a person may lack literacy and numeracy skills should not deprive them from learning about literature or drama. Every Sunday at the Writers’ Museum, a group of people with learning difficulties meet and learn about the great writers. They love getting to know about poetry and plays, but above all they love getting to know the writers,...

Aisling’s story

‘I’m doing very well, aren’t I?’ In the middle of her first big race in Special Olympics, way out in front, Aisling stopped to ask us, at the sideline, how she was doing! We had been training hard for this day, Aisling looked so smart in her running gear, and now finally the finishing line was in sight—what could...

ARCH CLUBS

In October 1976, ten volunteers set up a social club for ten other people who happened to have a learning disability. The club was in Dundrum (the one in Dublin), and its founders consciously founded the club to be the first of a network of similar clubs to provide a much-needed social ‘scene’ for young people and adults with...