Towards having a Good Life Immersion Event 22-26 April, 2013. Presentations are now available to download.

(03 May 2013)

The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies held an Immersion event entitled Towards having a Good Life from 22nd to 26th April, 2013. Twenty-five organisations participated in this ground breaking event which aimed to support the effective implementation of the new policy direction as set by Government and the HSE towards beneficial individualised supports. It was led by international experts, whilst focusing on the experiences of Irish organisations that have developed individualised supports.  The international team comprised John O’Brien, Michael Kendrick, Hope Leet Dittmeier, Pat Fratangelo, Janet Klees, David Pitonyak, and Patti Scott.

Presentations from the event are now available to download:

Open hearts - Open minds -  Mr. John O Brien

Towards having a good life – Mr.  John O’ Brien

Seeing ourselves as social inventors – Mr. John O’ Brien

The Challenge for Irish Service Practice given Irish & International Policy on Personalised Service – Michael Kendrick

Successful Change – Mr. Michael Kendrick

Key Initial Decisions That Agencies May Have To Make If They Are To Realistically Individualize Supports – Mr. Michael Kendrick

Discovery of the person – Ms. Hope Leet Dittmeier

Including those often excluded - Mr. David Pitonyak

Building a context for relationship - Ms. Janet Klees

Good ordinary lives that work - Ms. Janet Klees

Building Relationships - Ms. Pat Fratangelo

Investing in a future worth creating - Ms. Patti Scott

Re-imagining Personhood and Public Policy - the philosophy behind the UN Disability Convention – Prof.  Gerard Quinn, NUI Galway

Why families want change - Ms. Avril Webster, Parent

Building Bridges to Inclusion - Mr Adrian Noonan, Seasamh

I choose not to place 'dis' in my ability - Mr. Brian Hayes, Seasamh

Value for Money & Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland -  Ms. Ann McGrane, Department of Health

Disability Policy in Ireland, Ms. Cate Hartigan, HSE

Moving from Contemplation to Implementation - Mr. Brendan Broderick,

Home is where the heart is - Ms. Marie Beades and Mr. Sean Bohan, Muiriosa Foundation

Cost comparison of Person-Centered Wing and Traditional Group-based supports – Mr. Brendan Broderick, Muiriosa

An Organisation Learning and Developing through the Lives of People it Supports – Mr. Bernard O’ Regan, Ms. Sandra Flaherty, Ms. Ann Nally & Colin Kelly Western Care

Family Leadership Development in Ireland - Ms Claire Murphy, Leap

Family Leadership - It’s our tent – Mr. Willie Walsh

It’s our tent - Text version – Mr. Willie Walsh

Home thoughts from abroad - Ms. Rachel Cassin, Leap

Assessing Need & Resource Allocation – Ms. Eithne Fitzgerald, NDA

Independent Support Brokerage – The Challenges of a New Approach -  Mr. Bob McCormack, Dara Services


If you would like more information on Immersion please down load the following documents:

Other resource material will be available for download shortly.

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