UCD CDS hosts Intellectual Disability Awareness Session for Homeless Services Staff
The UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to support the Dublin Region Homeless Executive to host an “Intellectual Disability Awareness Session for Homeless Services Staff” on 27 November 2017. Chaired by Associate Professor Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, the seminar sought to give voice to the growing number of individuals with intellectual disability and their families who are experiencing homelessness. Self-advocates Bernadette Finnegan, Darren Smith and Parent-advocate Mary Alok Akot vividly described their journeys out of homelessness. Laura Barragry from Cheeverstown House, Emer Lynch from the Daughters of Charity and Breda O’Neill from St Margaret’s Donnybrook described the need for those supporting individuals in homelessness to exercise dignity, respect and understanding. Over 60 delegates attended, including staff at Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland and Crosscare with many commenting on the usefulness of this seminar in promoting appropriate supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities who experience homelessness. Our thanks to Cormac O’Donnell and Maria Fitzpatrick of Dublin Region Homeless Executive for spearheading this seminar.
Photo: Breda O’Neill, St Margaret’s; Laura Barragry, Cheeverstown House; Bernadette Finnegan Self-advocate; Sandra Keenan, St Margaret’s; Darren Smith Self-advocate; Christine Linehan, UCD Centre for Disability Studies; Emer Lynch, Daughters of Charity; Cormac O’Donnell, Dublin Region Homeless Executive; & Mary Alok Akot, Parent Advocate.