Friday, November 24, 2017


Child Care Proceedings and the Family Rights of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland

International research shows that parents with intellectual disabilities are many times more likely to have their children taken into care than parents without disabilities. Both the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stress the need to recognise the family rights of people with disabilities.

Who Is Supervising the Supervisors and Managers in The Workplace in Not-for-Profit Organisations?

Not so long ago I conducted a piece of research to explore and investigate supervisors’ and managers’ experiences of supervision in the workplace in Not-for-Profit organisations. According to Share and McElwee, p163 (2005), professional supervision is a partnership process of ongoing reflection and feedback between a named supervisor and supervisee to ensure and enhance effective practice.

Dementia Care Infographic


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

Families and improvement in Intellectual Disability

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 ...

Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability as Parents

The Irish system and attitudes to people with a disability means that the only true advocates people with a disability have are more than often their parents. Remove parents from this equation, and what is left is the current appalling situation unfolding in the care system and the HSE.

Elections and People with intellectual Disabilities

People with Intellectual disabilities are not supported or encouraged to register to vote, or to vote, in Ireland by government or their agencies, who can set up and organise, advertise and have training workshops around the country. This could be done with the help and support of disability advocacy organisations.

My new life in my new apartment

Paul Alford
My name is Paul Alford. I have worked for Inclusion Ireland for the last ten years as a self-advocate. I believe in rights for all people with intellectual disabilities. I believe all people should live as independently as possible .....

Irish Criminal Justice and Disability Network

The Irish Criminal Justice and Disability Network (ICJDN) is a recently established organisation. Its aim is to provide a national platform whereby disability organisations and criminal justice agencies can be facilitated to improve ....

Provision of Autism Services Leaving Much To Be Desired

My daughter Francesca has autism and graduated from St Paul’s Special School in June of this year. In 2013, I had contacted our local Disability Manager. She told me that the school and the family would have to identify a service that best suited her needs....