Sunday, August 20, 2017

Inclusion Ireland hosts successful 'Tools for Independent Living' seminar in Dublin

Over one hundred parents, service providers, individuals, family members and policy makers attended Inclusion Ireland's ‘Tools for Independent Living Seminar’ at the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 on Wednesday, September 14th.

Inclusion Ireland Annual Report 2015 Our Annual Report for 2015, which includes an accessible video and an Easy-to-Read document, were both launched in June. This year’s Annual Report is another step forward in making information as accessible to people as possible.

All the latest news from our friends at Inclusion Ireland.

Inclusion Ireland will be launching a comprehensive information pack for the upcoming General Election which will take place in early 2016. Inclusion Ireland has already produced an Election Manifesto called ‘A Disability Manifesto for Equality and Human Rights – Intellectual disability issues for the 32nd Dáil’.

by Cormac Cahill

The lads meet a minister

Inclusion Ireland hosted their AGM ‘Áras Attracta – Four Months On’ at the Spencer Hotel in Dublin on Saturday, April 11 and the event was widely covered in the national media over the weekend. The RTÉ Prime Time Investigations Unit report ‘Inside Bungalow 3’ concerning the HSE-run care home Áras Attracta in Swinford, Co Mayo was broadcast last December and made for disturbing viewing...

Inclusion Ireland recently published a working paper: ‘The Case of Speech and Language Therapy’ authored by Pauline Conroy. The key findings of this report were that there is not a functioning, public speech and language therapy service in Ireland and that access to a service can depend on where you live. Another of the key findings, which should come as no surprise, was the resilience, hard work and creativity of families and support groups. While acknowledging that the Health Service Executive (HSE) should be funding these services, many parents have taken their own action to ensure their child has a service...

by Cormac Cahill, Inclusion Ireland

Brian Hayes - Chairperson, Margaret Keogh - Vice Chair, Stephen McDermott - Secretary and Board member, Martin Rowan - Vice-Secretary and Board member, Adrian Noonan – PRO, Dermot Lowndes - Vice PRO, Marie Wolfe - Member, Phil Davy - Board member, and Bernard Doyle - Member.

Inclusion Ireland and Down Syndrome Ireland marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in style by hosting two performances of the Blue Teapot production of Sanctuary, to packed audiences at Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre on 3 December 2014. The audience was treated to a double bill: a presentation by the Inclusion Ireland self-advocacy group, followed by the Sanctuary play. The powerful presentation was: ‘Change the law on relationships for people with disabilities – we have a right to have intimate relationships.’ The Inclusion Ireland self-advocacy subcommittee has nine members. Brian Hayes spoke first and said; ‘We are here today to celebrate the international day for people with disabilities. Thank you so much for coming today and helping us to celebrate. We hope today will bring some change to people’s lives so people have more confidence in themselves to demand equal rights and the freedom of having a relationship of their choice.

by Cormac Cahill

Following on from the success of Inclusion Ireland’s training calendar earlier in the year, we will be launching an Autumn/Winter calendar from September to January. Popular topics such as Making a Will, Decision Making, Finances, HIQA Standards, Advocacy and Sexual Relationships will be included. We will also beginning Media Training for people interested in this area. As with all of Inclusion Ireland’s training, members enjoy preferential rates and first option to book over members of the public. The training will be taking place across Ireland and more information will be posted on and via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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...