Tuesday, November 21, 2017

People's Posts

VOLUNTEERING FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES 2003

My name is Deirdre Spain I am 28 years of age I have a learning disability. I attend St Michael's House Training Centre in Santry Hall. I have a job as a service attendant in Jurys Inn, Christchurch Dublin, for the last four and a half years. I live in Raheny with my parents Eamon and Jean and my...

REPORT

As part of Special Olympics 2003 I was selected to help carry the Olympic Torch from Athens to Ireland. This entailed training for approximately six months before the event. Ten athletes, supported by 150 Law Enforcement Officers, left Athens on 28 May 2003, via three routes. My route took me through Istanbul, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Brussels and then via Euro-tunnel...

My trip to Paris

We arrived on a sunny crisp evening in October. I was very excited and couldn't wait to get out and about to see all the beautiful sights, but most importantly my famous art work which is travelling Europe at the moment. On the first day we saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Bastille and many more. On the second...

RADIO CORCA BASCAINN

My name is Patricia O’Dea. I am from Clonina, Cree, County Clare. I am in the Brothers of Charity Services in West Clare. I go five days a week to a day centre in Kilrush. A group of six people from our centre make a radio programme called ‘Now We’re Talking’ on Radio Corca Bascainn, the West Clare community radio...

POEMS

JUST SEE See my ability, not my disability, See me for what and who I am, Understand me, I am an extraordinary human being just like you, I can do many and sometimes more things than you can do, Seek not to pity me, And I will not pity you, I seek understanding and love, I give my love unconditionally, So why can’t you Just accept me for all that...

European Platform of Self-Advocates

The European Platform of Self-Advocates was held in Brussels this year. These people represented Ireland— Sean Ryan, Christina Burke, Josephine Flatherty and Liza Kelly were delegates from namhi. Maura Chambers, Kathleen O’Leary, Donie Dillon, Karen Downes, Antonio Cebas McBride and Robert Hopkins went from the Brothers of Charity services in County Clare. The name of the conference was ‘Empowerment, Together against Discrimination!’ The conference...

PERSONAL OUTCOMES

Lisa and Stephen had both been trainees at Sunbeam House Services (SHS) for several years, but they didn’t really get to know each other until 1995—Lisa pinpoints the date precisely; it was May the 26th—when they got chatting at a friend’s birthday party. Then they started to go out to the cinema and for meals together. ‘It began to...

JULIEN

My son Julien, who has Down Syndrome, will be eighteen in July. He is the eldest of three children. We live in Alès (pop. 50,000), about 70km from Montpellier. Julien is tall, slim and muscular. His appearance is very important to him and he spends a lot of time lifting weights and doing press-ups. This wasn’t always the case....

EVERYBODY HAS A STORY TO TELL

The Gateway Club which meets weekly in Dún Laoghaire is organised by City Gate, a service of the St John of God Brothers. Club members are young adults who attended special schools and/or who work in supported employment. As well as recreational and social pastimes, members are encouraged to take part in educational projects. Liz Dalton of the Dún...

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IN HEALTH CARE: A PARENT’S VIEW

My eldest son, Mark, suffered lack of oxygen at birth and, as a result, he has brain damage. He is now thirty years old and has a variety of medical problems. I would like to share some of my experiences with doctors and hospitals over the years. My first meeting with a consultant was when Mark was one year old....