Monday, December 11, 2017

Social

Using sport to achieve my goals

Tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Sharon Lane. I am 35 years old. I have a visual impairment and an intellectual disability. I live with my family in Cork. I am supported by Cope Foundation. I am very independent. I like doing my own thing! Tell us how you got involved in sport?.....

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.

Two Hearts Beat as One

Martin in front of Capitol building
Martin Naughton and his team travelled to America to travel the path of Martin Luther King Jr. in a bid to raise awareness of peoples rights here in Ireland. It has been 50 years since the famous Selma to Montgomery march, led by Martin Luther King and 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed. 2015 marks the...

Article request: Issue 100 on Social Media

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Frontline issue 100 is coming soon and the theme is 'Social Media and how to use it effectively'. We are looking for articles based on this theme but we are also looking for stories related in any way to intellectual disability.

Ramblin’ Man (taking the Scenic Route…)

John Byrne Train
How many holidays have you gone on? I’ve lost count, I tend to remember the big ones. Do you travel by yourself or do you go with other people? I go mostly on my own, like if I go around Europe I'd tend to go on my own. Where is the most exotic place you’ve visited?......

CITIZEN JOHN

My name is John Feighery. I am 24 years old, I have special needs. I was born with Down’s Syndrome but that has not stopped me from growing into an active member of my community.

Difference Days

Difference Days team
How did it come about that you undertook a garden renovation project at Rosanna? Having done two previous Difference Days in Sunbeam House - one at Killarney Road, Bray (deck, football pitch and gym), and the other in Ballyraine, Arklow (woodland trail), both with staff from Hostelworld.com - I contacted John Hannigan and Bernard Fitzsimons to see if we could help with other requirements...

STRICTLY LET’S DANCE: The Results…

Lucy and Darragh dancing
Well, the big day had arrived, after 8 weeks of intensive dance training Darragh and I were ready. The Strictly Let’s Dance Waterford in aid of The Solas Centre, South-East Cancer Foundation, was finally here. We had our routines practiced to perfection, our costumes bought and altered, our props sorted and the hair and make-up professionally done (well for me, not Darragh obviously!)...

Housing Stories

I feel like I would be better off outside of the area. I don’t feel safe in the area because there are some dangerous people there. There were threats being made, and the guards investigated and they asked if there were more threats afterwards. Two weeks later there were more threats made towards me. I said to the social worker “if you can get me out of the area I would be prepared to move anywhere”.

THEATRE THERAPY AS AN APPROACH TO SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Boosting resourcefulness and optimism in people with disabilities, by highlighting their independence and involvement in the creative process, is one of the objectives of the author's concept of the theatre therapy named Theatre of Thought.