Monday, September 25, 2017

Stephen Keating tells the story of Jim Kinsella, a former resident of Alvernia House.

Little was known about Jim when the initial project team first met him in May 2012. There was very brief information as to his level of ability—but nothing about him as a person. The person introduced to the support team on that first meeting at Alvernia House was a physically imposing man. The Muiríosa team were feeling apprehensive, as indeed was Jim...

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by Dr Bob McCormack, Director of Research and Service Development, St Michael’s House, Dublin (The views expressed here are the author’s own.)

First, let’s get a few things straight. Language! Language is important. It reflects attitudes and values—respect, or disrespect, ownership and control. It can also,...