David Pityonak in his paper Implications and Recommendations For Policy Makers (2003), stated that loneliness is the only real disability (see the paper here). People who are in services are lonely. They have very few people outside the confines of the service, in their life. Most of the people in… read more →
Punk has long been the music of rebellion. Best exemplified by the Sex Pistols and their lead singer who has since gone on to advertise butter, Johnny Rotten. The man who screamed into the microphone, ‘ever get the feeling, you’ve been cheated’, to the youth of the day. Now punk… read more →
Feel the fear….and do it anyway! Whatever the motivation behind your decision to return to education, it is quite natural to feel anxious about your decision. This is quite common, for any age group and indeed for any decision we make in life. You are faced with a whole range… read more →
This time last year, the College lost one of its true friends, Mark Logan. Mark, if you did not know him, worked for Rehab in Galway, loved his family, music and Chelsea Football Club amongst many other things. In the Open Training College, Mark was the go to guy in… read more →
The world can be a confusing, complicated place. To deal with this the human brain is very keen on the creation of labels and cognitive shortcuts to try to put some order on the chaos. The terms used about people with disability by others and not them, are worth exploring.… read more →
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‘Choice is a powerful alternative to punishment. If the person’s behaviour challenges you, help him to find more desirable ways to express the needs underlying the behaviours. Instead of ultimatums, give choices (e.g. “Bill, I know you’re upset. What would help? Would you like to go for a walk? Or… read more →
The season of goodwill is upon us and as with every Christmas season there will be a multitude of movies focussing on people who are usually wicked, miserly and generally mean (read Scrooge), turning over a new leaf to become key community members and be redeemed by supporting others. All… read more →