Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Inclusion Ireland News

REHAB GROUP TO FUND JOANNE O’RIORDAN DOCUMENTARY

No Limbs, No Limits, the film that is to examine the extraordinary life of 16 year old Cork-born Joanne O’Riordan made a significant step towards becoming a reality this week, when the Rehab Group announced it is to provide €25,000 towards the making of the film. The Rehab Group has pledged the funding along with professional support to filmmaker and...

CORK MAN’S ART CHOSEN FOR UNITED NATIONS STAMP

A painting by 25 year-old Colm Isherwood from Cork has been chosen by the United Nations Postal Administration to be depicted one of a series of stamps to mark World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2012). The Cork man’s painting was one of just eight pieces selected following a worldwide search for talented artists with autism. “It was an extremely difficult...

PAST PRESIDENTS OF INCLUSION IRELAND SAY A FEW WORDS…

Left to right: Jean Spain, Tony Darmody, Annie Ryan, Stephen Kealy, Deirdre Carroll, Gerry Ryan, Frieda Finlay, Bill Shorten, Eamon Carpenter, Jim Gilmartin, Finula Garrahy and Ann Donovan. The National Association for the Mentally Handicapped of Ireland secured the prestigious 6th World Inclusion Congress for Ireland in 1972. I had the honour of being appointed Chairman of this event. We...

50 YEARS A-GROWING!

The last 50 years have been a tough but incredible journey for Inclusion Ireland. The vision and pioneering spirit of the founders of NAMHI and the work and commitment of everybody involved with this unique organisation have meant that we have made huge strides in terms of bringing meaning to the term ‘inclusion’. We have come a long way in...

INCLUSION IRELAND CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Above: Then President Mary McAleese at the launch of the 50th anniversary of Inclusion Ireland at the National Library on 20 January 2011. Right: Deirdre Carrol, President Mary McAleese, Frieda Finlay and Jerry Buttimer at the 50th anniversary launch. Opposite page: Presidential candidates debate at the Mansion House on 17 October hosted by Inclusion Ireland and chaired by Miriam O’Callaghan. It was...

Inclusion Ireland’s 50th Anniversary

Any birthday occasion is a time to celebrate, a 50th birthday is even more special and when you have a proud record of achievement in advocating for the vindication of the rights of people with intellectual disability over this time, as Inclusion Ireland has, then you have indeed a very special anniversary to celebrate. People with intellectual disabilities, and their...

Review of disability policy recommends individualised funding

The findings of a public consultation process undertaken as part of a value-for-money review of Disability Services were published on 3 December 2010- Some of the main findings include: — Almost three-quarters (73%) of people consulted felt that the best option for meeting the needs of people with disabilities would be for them to have a choice to get different...

Inclusion International 15th World Congress

Berlin 6–19 June 2010 The 15th World Congress of Inclusion International took place on 16.19 June 2010 in Berlin. The congress was the largest event in Inclusion International’s 50-year history, with an attendance of 2700 people with intellectual disabilities, family members, policy makers and professionals from more than 80 countries. The conference slogan was ‘Transforming global rights into action’. The main...

The role of advocacy in Inclusion Ireland

Introduction Advocacy is a word often misunderstood. Put simply, advocacy is about speaking up. The word advocacy comes from the Latin word advocare—meaning to call. The term advocacy is also used to explain many different approaches from campaigning to lobbying. This article seeks to provide some clarity to the term advocacy as it is understood from the perspective of Inclusion...

Parents of children with disabilities call for new approaches to save money

Five major agencies (Inclusion Ireland, the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, the National Parents and Siblings Alliance, Irish Autism Action and Down Syndrome Ireland) representing people with an intellectual disability and autism held a joint press conference on Wednesday 14 October. They called on the government to think firmly in economic terms: supporting children with an intellectual disability from...