Monday, December 11, 2017

quality of life

The Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability is a Human Rights issue

Catherine Dupre, an Associate Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law, wrote in 2011 in the Guardian newspaper that dignity “sits in the wider human rights landscape of the European convention on human rights (ECHR)”, and that there was a “sorry picture of how some of the most vulnerable members of society are treated when their need for support is at its greatest. Reliance on dignity has highlighted their vulnerability and imposed a positive duty to treat everyone in a human way that does not degrade or ignore their identity”.

Sexual and reproductive healthcare issues facing women with disabilities

Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) focuses on respect for home and family. The Article reaffirms the right of persons with disabilities to marry and have a family, to have access to reproductive and family planning information and education and to have the means to exercise these rights. Both the UNCRPD and broader women’s rights treaties reaffirm the right of women with disabilities to decide on the number and spacing of their children.

Ratify the UNCRPD Now! – the campaign takes to the streets

Joann O'Riordan
Disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan, with representatives of more than 100 disability organisations nationwide, led a public demonstration in Dublin on Thursday, March 30th 2017, seeking to highlight the 10-year anniversary of Ireland's failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

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.

Avoiding Loneliness in older people with an Intellectual Disability – Lessons from the IDS-TILDA study

What are the circumstances in a person’s life that best help them avoid or overcome loneliness? For some people as they age loneliness is an ever-present risk. Mounting losses to social resources and deterioration in health increase the risk of experiencing loneliness.

Supporting people with an intellectual disability to be an active participant in their own health

The importance of health and well-being is paramount to having a good quality of life. However, to stay healthy and happy into old age, and to experience good life quality you have to be an active participant in your own health.

Re-location, re-shuffle, re-institutionalisation?

National housing policy for people with disabilities promotes the move from large residential settings to community-based living (with four people the recommended maximum number sharing the same residence).

The Importance of oral health for people with ID as they Age

Together, tooth decay and gum disease lead to tooth loss and oral disability. In Ireland, about a third of older adults with ID have no teeth; a rate twice as common as in the general population. What is worse is that when older persons with ID lose all their teeth, they are very unlikely to have.....

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.

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