Monday, September 25, 2017
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“The Minister said that this day service will play a vital role for services users and parents as they face the challenges of adapting to different life choices and growing independence. I commended Praxis Care who work tirelessly to support adults with special needs to realise their dreams and achieve their full potential, which allows them to participate and contribute fully in the communities in which they live.

Brendan Broderick draws distinctions between the visionary perspective of leadership, and the implementation aspect, between the family's and the service's viewpoints, and the dynamics of culture vs those of strategy...

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.

John Giles examines Complaints - what they are and how to deal with them…

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.

From a Service perspective what would make a difference?

When people ask us as what we do as workers in services for people with Intellectual disability, in general we explain our role as ‘supporting’. That’s what we do; we support people in every area of their lives, ‘from cradle to grave’. We want people to do normal things, to attend school, to socialise, to work, and overall to participate fully in their communities.

What are the possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities and family members being involved in the design and development of intellectual disability services into the future? Richard Jackson, Lecturer in Intellectual Disability Nursing in Dublin City University

I have a real interest in services for people with intellectual disabilities growing into their full potential. Over the last while I have been asking the following question: What if an intellectual disability service could find a way to capture all of the voices involved in it ...

Values matter. Values shape our behaviour, attitudes and choices. Values influence the priorities of organisations and how organisations go about their business. We need organisations that are committed to equality and human rights and that prioritise values of dignity, inclusion, autonomy, democracy and social justice. Such organisations would relate in a better manner to people, benefit the full diversity of people to whom they provide services, and offer a better environment for all their staff.  The new statutory duty on public bodies to have regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality and protect human rights could be the stimulus for the emergence of just such organisations.

Values seem a bit of a luxury item when compared to the struggles of day-to-day living. They are something we should be concerned about, but maybe when we have a bit more time. Yet, whether we attend to them or not, values are shaping how we think, the choices we make, and how we behave. Values matter.

General Election 2016 is just around the corner, and the question was put to the Living Skills Group in Trinity College Dublin to see what their thoughts were on the issues to be brought to the attention of our politicians as they seek our votes...

This was the question asked to a group of people with intellectual disabilities doing a course in Independent Living Skills in The Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin. They live with either their family or in a hostel, or in their own apartments.