Posts Tagged ‘Social Inclusion’

I am Norm – a Brilliant Concept!

Sunday, November 21st, 2010



November 2010

A national campaign inspired by Including Samuel


Dear Tommy,
Twenty teenage leaders from across the country came together at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland last January for a National Youth Inclusion Summit. Before coming to the Summit, each teen held an Including Samuel viewing party and discussion in their community. The goal of the summit was to develop an advocacy campaign for the full social and educational inclusion of people with disabilities. 

The result of their efforts is a new national campaign: I am Norm!

The I am Norm campaign is working to:

· Raise awareness about inclusion through a viral video campaign and website
· Provide opportunities for youth and adults to share their ideas about inclusion
· Promote inclusive practices in schools and community organizations

Who is Norm? Learn more about the campaign.

-Dan Habib

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