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Andra and her family live with Kyle’s Autism and Epilepsy in a tough environment for services, which brings the concept of Quality Of Life sharply into focus…

Kyle

Quality of Life can mean a lot of things to society as a whole. For most people, it means a good job, nice house and car, family and money for luxuries, and then you are pretty much all set - right?...

Anna Kingston regrets the loss of so many of our young people to emigration, and makes a compelling case for meaningful occupation for people with intellectual disability in modern Ireland.

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...

Derek McNamara makes the argument for a refocusing of the client-staff relationship in Intellectual Disability services across Ireland in our modern, policy-driven world.

I have been lucky enough as a psychotherapist in private practice to work with a lot of men and women who have intellectual disabilities and this opening quote has come from that work. Something that is continually coming up for my clients in recent times is their ‘fear of the file’ and the desire to have it destroyed by any means possible...

Dr Evan Yacoub Consultant Psychiatrist

Psychiatry input to people with intellectual disability in Ireland is provided mostly by the voluntary and non-statutory sector as described by the white paper A Vision for Change (Department of Health and Children 2006) alongside some statutory provision. This paper describes one such community voluntary sector service provision for County Galway.

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Kathy O’Grady & Donal Fitzsimons on the attempts to move intellectual disability service provision from large institutions to smaller group homes.

There has been a dramatic change in what services for people with intellectual disability look like in an Irish context. In the Irish Midlands, since 2000, a transfer programme has attempted to vigorously improve people’s lives through the closure of large congregated institutions. The objective was to get people with intellectual disability out of hospital settings and into community-based homes where smaller groups of people with intellectual would co-reside...

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Alison Harnett on new initiatives to provide individual supports for people with disabilities.

The Next Steps Project is a community of learning facilitating the movement to a more individual approach to supporting people. It is working with people themselves, their families and service providers to support people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland to achieve greater independence and full active citizenship...