Catherine Dupre, an Associate Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law, wrote in 2011 in the Guardian newspaper that dignity “sits in the wider human rights landscape of the European convention on human rights (ECHR)”, and that there was a “sorry picture of how some of the most vulnerable members of society are treated when their need for support is at its greatest. Reliance on dignity has highlighted their vulnerability and imposed a positive duty to treat everyone in a human way that does not degrade or ignore their identity”.
Tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Sharon Lane. I am 35 years old. I have a visual impairment and an intellectual disability. I live with my family in Cork. I am supported by Cope Foundation. I am very independent. I like doing my own thing! Tell us how you got involved in sport?.....
Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) focuses on respect for home and family. The Article reaffirms the right of persons with disabilities to marry and have a family, to have access to reproductive and family planning information and education and to have the means to exercise these rights. Both the UNCRPD and broader women’s rights treaties reaffirm the right of women with disabilities to decide on the number and spacing of their children.
The Irish Longitudinal study on Ageing – Intellectual Disability Services (TILDA-IDS) Wave II report (2014) highlighted that osteoporosis is the most common non-cardiovascular disease among the Intellectual Disability (ID) population, higher than arthritis, cancers and respiratory conditions.
Avoiding Loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability – Lessons from the IDS-TILDA study
What are the circumstances in a person’s life that best help them avoid or overcome loneliness? For some people as they age loneliness is an ever-present risk. Mounting losses to social resources and deterioration in health increase the risk of experiencing loneliness.
The importance of health and well-being is paramount to having a good quality of life. However, to stay healthy and happy into old age, and to experience good life quality you have to be an active participant in your own health.
Together, tooth decay and gum disease lead to tooth loss and oral disability. In Ireland, about a third of older adults with ID have no teeth; a rate twice as common as in the general population. What is worse is that when older persons with ID lose all their teeth, they are very unlikely to have.....
The School of Nursing & Human Sciences, DCU are launching a new programme in the area of relationships and sexuality for people with an Intellectual Disability. It is open to all
Including one or more horses as part of a treatment team may seem very 21st century, but the concept has been around for a very long time. In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates, the 'father of medicine' spoke of the horse as a healer, and throughout history we find many references to the physical and emotional benefits of having horses in your life.
As we approach the possibility of a government being formed, it’s worth reflecting on what is required of a new Health ministry with responsibility for improving the lives of people with disability and their families.