New Inclusion Ireland Publications:
'Implementing the National Disability Strategy: Inclusion Ireland Position Paper' – the Government is due to publish an implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy shortly. This position paper sets out the issues which Inclusion Ireland believes should be addressed in the implementation plan. It is available to download here.
Hard copies are also available from the Inclusion Ireland office.
‘Information Pack: A Guide to Disability Law and Policy in Ireland’ - this information pack contains a series of factsheets on reports and reviews that are often discussed, but rarely explained, including the National Disability Strategy, the Congregated Settings Report, and the New Directions Report. It can be downloaded here
Below are listings of events and initiatives, which may be of interest. Please note these are not Inclusion Ireland events, and are for information purposes only. Any queries should be directed to the event organisers.
Family Centred Practices in Network Disability Teams - from theory to reality
This all-day workshop is being co-hosted by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and the National Co-ordinating Group for the Progressing Disability Services for Children & Young People programme. Organisers say it “is an opportunity for parents, service providers, professionals and other stake holders to explore family centred practice and how to apply the theory to everyday practice”. The keynote speaker is Professor Roy McConkey of the University of Ulster. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 12th in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Delegate rate is €30.00 for a family member of a person with a disability.
Bookings can be made here.
Ablevision Ireland Film Festival – call for submissions
Ablevision Ireland is a new organisation that supports people with an intellectual disability to learn skills to make short films and documentaries. In 2010 Ablevision joined up with students from Dundalk IT where they had a very successful workshop, which featured on RTÉ’s Nationwide programme. Ablevision are hosting their first film festival in Drogheda in May 2013. Entries can be made by anyone as long as they working in partnership with someone with an intellectual disability. This can be in script writing, acting, camerawork and filming or post production. Closing date for applications is 12th April. Further details are available here or by calling Audrey on 086 1744994.
Children’s Rights Alliance is seeking young people to work on short film
The Children’s Rights Alliance is producing a short film that explores the question ‘Do Children’s Rights Matter in Ireland?’ Inclusion Ireland is a member of the Children’s Rights Alliance, and the Alliance has asked its members to nominate a young person to join a Young People’s Project Team to work on the film. The film will celebrate Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1992 and will look at how children’s rights have developed in Ireland over the last 20 years. It will be launched at a premiere in Dublin in June, and disseminated via social media. It will also be distributed to schools across the country, and used as an education resource by teachers and students.
The Alliance is looking for about 16 dynamic young people who can commit to the workshop and filming schedule. The project is open to young people, aged 15-18. They will be supported to research and identify key themes, develop a plan, write a film script and storyboard, learn about film production techniques, shoot footage and appear in the film. The Nomination Deadline is Thursday 28th February.
If you are interested in being put forward for this project please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room for One More: How to Set up and Run a Host Family Support Service
The National Home-Sharing Network is running a one-day event on how to set up and run a host family support service. The event is being presented by Brothers of Charity Services Galway and AbilityWest. This ‘Master Class’ is for anyone interested in setting up a Host Family Support service to provide short breaks and long term accommodation for citizens with a disability. It is being held in response to enquiries from those who missed the original two-day class in Galway, in March 2012. Host Family Support is an inclusive model recommended by the National Working Group and recognised in the HSE National Service Plan 2012 and in the Value for Money Review group, as an efficient quality alternative to traditional congregated 'respite' and 'residential care'.
The master class will be held on Thursday 28th February from 9.30am - 4.30pm, in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 (2 minutes walk from Heuston Station). Cost is €40 NHSN members and €50 for non-members.
Further information is available at www.nhsn.ie