Monday, December 11, 2017

Opinion

THE NEXT NEW DEAL – A BASIC INCOME FOR ALL

Back in the 1930’s, The New Deal was an imaginative but wholly necessary series of programmes enacted in America between 1933 and 1938. They were inspired and enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability as Parents

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The Irish system and attitudes to people with a disability means that the only true advocates people with a disability have are more than often their parents. Remove parents from this equation, and what is left is the current appalling situation unfolding in the care system and the HSE.

Greening Disability Politics

One thing is certain; disabled people of all sorts need to be involved in environmental politics, because if we're not part of the conversation, decisions that divide us will be developed. "Nothing about us, without us". As a disabled person who has had an interest in environmentalism for a while, one thing has always struck me - whenever the issue of climate...

Inspiration, motivation and success

Mei-Lin-Yap
My ambition is to become a champion in swimming. I haven’t competed in a few years now so I am just coming back to the swimming again. This ambition is the motivation that I need to keep me driven to achieve this goal; I know this is a really big goal, but I am prepared to put in the hard work to achieve it.

End-of-life: What are the needs of Adults with Intellectual Disability?

Ireland’s independent health safety, quality and accountability regulatory body, The Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) published the National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities in 2013. Within these standards, the need for appropriate end-of-life care for adults with Intellectual Disability (ID) was highlighted.

‘Decongregated Settings’ – Hailed as progress, but seems to forget those with complex medical needs

Jeanette and Cliona
In December last I watched RTE’s Primetime Investigates on Áras Attracta, Bungalow 3. Knowing in advance that the footage would be bad, I debated with myself whether I should make myself watch it or not. The main reason for my unease is that my seventeen year old sister Cliona has profound ID as well as an extreme epilepsy syndrome that no seizure drug has ever been able to influence.

Something meaningful to do every day should be a right enshrined in law

Youth unemployment in Ireland is currently over 22 percent, and Irish parents are heartbroken watching their young adult sons and daughters emigrate to far away shores for work as there is nothing here for them. As difficult as this is, these young people are, in my opinion, lucky as they are able to emigrate and find a meaningful occupation elsewhere...

POLICIES AND PREDICAMENTS

In the last twenty-five years, many hefty tomes of policy documents have been published in the arena of intellectual disabilities in Ireland—from Needs and abilities (1990), A strategy for equality (1996) to A time to move on from congregated settings (2011) and New directions (2012).

VALUE FOR MONEY AND POLICY REVIEW OF DISABILITY SERVICES—HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, OR A DAMP SQUIB?

Last July, shortly after government minsters, TDs and senators went on their summer holidays, the Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services (VFM) report was published to little or no fanfare, discussion in the media or, conveniently, debate in the Dáil...