Claire Hendrick speaking about her experience at Inclusion Ireland AGM 2016 My mother died and the house we had lived in all my life was sold. I have an intellectual disability and people didn’t think I was able to make my own decisions. There was no way in law for me to have support to make decisions and so I was made a Ward of Court under the Lunacy Act of 1871.....
People have always told me, “Life’s not meant to be easy!” Well, I’ve learnt that to be true... absolutely true. Let me tell you, much of my life has been a very difficult struggle. From the days I can first remember right up to now. Everything I’ve ever had, I’ve had to fight for. And it never stops.
With Ireland still to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Errol Cocks explores Individual Supported Living and lays out the Australian experience of a person-centred approach to Individualised Funding, identifying the importance of controlling its best use via people with disabilities and their families, and reducing the influence of government / NGOs.
Before you leave the house every day, you have already made numerous decisions. You have chosen when to get up, you have chosen whether or not to brush your teeth, you’ve chosen what to wear, and you’ve chosen what to eat for breakfast. Without realising, you have made a significant amount of decisions.
Lesson from the courtroom: attitudes to parents with intellectual disabilities in childcare proceedings
In late 2015, the Child Law Project published its final report. This was a three- year project, where the team of lawyers and academics, led by journalist Carol Coulter, sat in on over 1,200 child care cases.
In the early part of the 20th century, persons with intellectual disabilities found themselves treated as social pariahs. By some accounts, the ‘feeble-minded’ were moral degenerates and the root cause of society’s ills. Allowing them to reproduce was for many, at that time, unthinkable.
As a thirty-five-year-old woman I’m about to celebrate my first year as a home owner. I now have a front door and a place that reflects who I am. A place I call my own. Most importantly I have a home that allows me to feel safe and to grow as a person....
The Assisted-Decision Making Act is now the law of the land, so we have a bit of a wait until the law comes into force later this year - enabling us all some time to get our heads around the implications of the new law and how it will practically change all of our lives.