My Daughter is Leaving Home: Reflections on Living Independently

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Noelin Fox.  Noelin is a Ph.D candidate in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway.  Her research examines the right to independent living provided for in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of with Disabilities.  Noelin has worked for many years in intellectual disability services’ in Ireland.

This month, my daughter, like thousands of her peers across the country, is moving away from home for the first time.  She is 18 years old and is taking up her place in college, embarking on her journey to independence.  Over the coming months she will have to learn a whole array of new skills which she has no previous experience of.  She will have to manage her (limited) budget, feed herself properly, learn to live with people who are not her immediate family, manage the academic work she is assigned, deal with the bank, figure out bus time-tables, forge new friendships and a whole array of other tasks.  In the process she may well make mistakes.  She may submit work late for college, spend too much money on going out leaving herself short at the end of the week, get involved in unwise relationships, among many things.  Hopefully she will learn from such mistakes and manage better the next time.  Throughout this process she will have plenty of support – from us her parents, from the school-friends she is living with and from new friends – and if she gets her heart broken or bruised we will take care of her until she heals and help to her move on.  The college too is well attuned to the needs of in-coming first years – it has good structures in place to ease them into college life and help ensure they progress through their first encounters with third level academic studies.

How different all this would all be if she had a disability, especially if she had an intellectual disability.  Would she be leaving home at all at this stage of her life at all?  Probably not – Continue reading “My Daughter is Leaving Home: Reflections on Living Independently”

My Daughter is Leaving Home: Reflections on Living Independently

An Overview of the Harvard NUI Galway CRPD Summer School

Last week the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at NUI Galway and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability ran a Summer School entitled “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – From Paper Rules to Action”.  This blog post provides a brief outline of some of the themes that emerged.   See here for a more detailed account of proceedings.  The Summer School aims to introduce participants to the nature of the Convention, the treaty interpretation in general, the general concept of equality in the convention (and some of the relevant innovations in the CRPD) and other issues. More information on the Summer School is available: here. The Faculty includes senior academics, practitioners and Continue reading “An Overview of the Harvard NUI Galway CRPD Summer School”

An Overview of the Harvard NUI Galway CRPD Summer School

Resourcing Independent Living: Universal Access and Personal Supports

We are delighted to welcome another guest post from Noelin Fox.  Noelin is a Ph.D candidate in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway.  Her research examines the right to independent living provided for in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of with Disabilities. Noelin has worked for many years in intellectual disability services’ in Ireland, her previous blog can be seen here.

A proposal by Birmingham City Council to limit the provision of direct support to disabled people with ‘critical’ need only was ruled to be unlawful by the High Court in May this year. The judgment is available here. This was on the basis that the policy failed to give ‘due regard’ to the impact of the proposals on disabled people as required by Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended in 2005).  Section 49A stipulates that Continue reading “Resourcing Independent Living: Universal Access and Personal Supports”

Resourcing Independent Living: Universal Access and Personal Supports

Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June

The Centre for Disability Law & Policy and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability will hold a six-day Summer School from 6 – 11 June in Galway.  Information on how to register for the Summer School is available here.   The Summer School aims to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.   The participants will include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts and others.   The Faculty includes senior academics, practitioners and policy makers from around the world who have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention and includes Human Rights in Ireland’s Dr Eilionoir Flynn.  The Faculty also includes Professor Michael Stein (Harvard Law School Project on Disability), Professor Gerard Quinn (NUI Galway, Ireland), Michael Bach (Inclusion International), Eric Rosenthal (Disability Rights International), Andrea Coomber (Interights, London), Gauthier de Beco (Associate Researcher at University of Louvain), Christian Courtis, (Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights), Sir Michael Wood Continue reading “Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June”

Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June

General Election 2011: The Lifecourse Social Policy Agenda for the Next Government

We are delighted to welcome this post from the Directors of the Lifecourse Institute at National University of Ireland Galway.  The Directors are Professor Pat Dolan Academic Director of the Lifecourse Institute & Director Child & Family Research Centre; Professor Tom Scharf Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and Professor Gerard Quinn Director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy. The recently formed Lifecourse Institute at NUI Galway brings together the three research centres with a focus on older people, families & children and persons with disabilities.  Its primary function is to produce research that supports innovative policy reform across the lifecycle that enables citizens to achieve their potential and live fulfilling and productive lives.  
This post is based on their ‘Critical Perspectives’ paper, which is intended to provide a succinct statement of the major policy challenges facing the next Government across the lifecourse.  It is intended as a public service at a critical moment in Continue reading “General Election 2011: The Lifecourse Social Policy Agenda for the Next Government”

General Election 2011: The Lifecourse Social Policy Agenda for the Next Government