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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2010): Mental health services - overseas

Disability research and rights in Ireland

P. O'Brien, C. Hamilton and K. Johnson (guest editors)

British Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol. 37, 2009, p. 241-331

This special issue begins by exploring the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. At the point of publication, the Convention had been signed but not ratified by the Irish Government. The remainder of the issue follows a life course approach, with articles on families and childhood, education and adult issues of quality of life and sexuality.

Job success for persons with developmental disabilities

D.B. Wiegan

London: J. Kingsley, 2009

In the United States alone, there are roughly three million individuals living with a developmental disability, but less than a third are active in the labour market. This book provides a comprehensive approach to developing a successful jobs programme for persons with developmental disabilities, drawn from the author's extensive experience and real success. The majority of persons with developmental disabilities are unemployed, underemployed, or still work in sheltered programmes where it is almost impossible to reach their full potential. Job success is possible, but it requires a system based on a business model founded on proven economics, rather than the traditional social services model. By employing a step-by-step procedure for gaining insight into the client, analyzing market opportunities, matching the client to a job, and supporting the client after placement, service providers can help individuals make a successful transition into good community-based employment.

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