Monday, December 11, 2017

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Getting To Individualised Options in Ireland: The Present Leadership Challenges

The current policy and programmatic environment in Ireland is transitional, as Ireland begins preparations for a major shift away from congregate service models towards more individualised and socially inclusive options for lifestyle and other supports for persons with disabilities. Some of that shift, in the form of an ongoing systematic transformation of service models, has already taken place in a relatively small number of Irish agencies.

LIVING A GOOD LIFE IN YOUR OWN HOME

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.

Making Decisions and Independent Living

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.

My Life, My Way – Reflections from an Individualised living arrangement

Fran and Molly
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....

Inclusion Ireland / Down Syndrome Ireland Direct Payments Seminar

Good morning all, thank you to Paddy and the team at Inclusion Ireland for organising today’s event and the invitation to speak with you today. My name is Avril Webster and I am here on behalf of our son Stephen who is 18 and leaving school next month. I am here today to talk about choice....

Self-directed support – lessons for Ireland – Dr. Simon Duffy – Centre for Welfare Reform

Simon Duffy
Disability is not a tragedy; it is a fact of life. But often people’s experience of disability can be tragic. Disabled children and adults, all full of wonderful gifts and passions, can be treated as if the only thing important about them is their impairment....

A life worth living

I was delighted to come to Inclusion Ireland’s Personal Budgets event in Dublin, as the new minister displayed his commitment to giving people and families in Ireland more control over their support.

What are ‘Personal Budgets’ and what have we learned from developments in Ireland?

‘Personal budgets’ means that funding, for supports and services, is provided directly to the person with a disability or their support network The aim of personal budgets is to give individuals more control over the supports and services purchased to meet their needs Families and advocates are very important when using personal budgets. Since this is a new...

Capacity Law: A major review of The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

Last December, the President of Ireland signed a new piece of legislation into law that has the potential to affect every adult in the State: the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The Act governs the law in relation to adults who are experiencing difficulties with decision making,

Assisted Decision Making – Implications of the Legislation

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.