Posts Tagged ‘Inclusion Ireland’

“Taking Control” – and so say all of us!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

There is now a new appreciation from the Department of Health and Children, the HSE and voluntary service providers that the old way of doing things with its spiralling costs is no longer sustainable. An estimated 1.5 billion euro was spent on disability services in 2007, yet waiting lists for services continue to grow. The current system is expensive (80,000 euro is the HSE average cost for a residential place and 15,000 euro – 20,000 euro for a day place.) It is inflexible,the person or his/her family does not have much say in how the money is spent, or have a choice of service provider, and perhaps more importantly, the money is attached to the service not the person. For the first time in many years there is a real and growing interest in reforming how services for people with disabilities are delivered. A group of disability organisations called “Taking Control” which Inclusion Ireland is a part of, has been formed to campaign for individualised funding for people with disabilities.

Source: Inclusion Ireland Newsletter Dec 2009

Intellectual Disability and Social Inclusion A Critical Review

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Intellectual Disability and Social Inclusion: A Critical Review by Martin R Bollard.

The above book addresses the isssue from a UK viewpoint. The book clearly shows how far behind official thinking is in Ireland. There is no guiding policy or leagl requirement that congregated settings (the large institutions) should be disestablished and closed down. There is no uniform understanding in Ireland that person centeredness should be at the core of service provision.There is certainly no comprehension that individual budgets ( providing the service user or their representative with the resources that they can use to choose which typoe of service suits them) should be available for all.

There are too many services that reject person centred principals. This book makes it clear why these services have got it wrong and, as such, it is essential reading for managers, staff and students in intellectual disability services in Ireland.

Review by Colin Griffiths

This was extracted from Frontline magazine

St Michaels House and Special Needs School Transport

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Inclusion Ireland state in their September Newsletter – “… some of the children availing of special needs school transport are forced to travel long distances to schools as their local school will not accept them”.St Michaels House are a member of Inclusion Ireland – yet they are the very ones forcing special needs children to travel long distances to school! We call for St Michaels House to withdraw from Inclusion Ireland. St Michael’s House are part of the problem – not the solution. Shame on them!