Monday, December 11, 2017

Leadership

Editorial: Leadership – People with Intellectual Disabilities are doing it for themselves.

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It’s April, and the overcoat is off (not the jacket, just the overcoat, thanks). Welcome to the Leadership issue of Frontline. More and more, people are taking to public locations and services to make their voice heard where it matters. Joanne O’Riordan’s eloquent and lucid highlighting of life for a person living with disability as we approach the 3rd decade...

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.

Optimising Leadership within the Intellectual Disability Service Delivery System

Reference to leadership increasingly arises in the context of managing change. The focus in this paper is primarily on the implementation aspect of leadership. There is also of course the visionary, identifying-new-horizons aspect of leadership. However, at this point in the evolution of intellectual disability services in Ireland, there is no dearth of vision per se.

Government Leadership on Disability Issues

February’s CSO figures brought bad news for people with disabilities. It showed that while poverty levels are starting to improve generally in Ireland, they are actually getting worse for people with disabilities. This is despite the appointment of a Minister of State with special responsibility for people with disabilities in 2016 and the preparations ...

The little bird with the broken wing

On Saturday the 15th of September, 2012, an event took place in a large midlands town which would as it concluded, turn an eye on the role and pressures of the carer in assisting the severely disabled.

Leadership That Knows What Matters

Leadership and the ability to lead change has never been more important in the disability services sector in Ireland than at this time. The opportunity to make a real and significant contribution to the lives of people is great, but the challenges of a creeping bureaucracy and the rigidity of compliance have never posed such threats to that opportunity.

Any Complaints?

At a social occasion some time ago a very upper-class lady, obviously of the better sort, rounded on my wife and exclaimed “are you a complainer?”. That incident has become part of family lore, but it’s a good question if you have a dependant or you yourself are at the receiving end of care services.