HANDOUT; SERVICES, HOMES, WORK.
Generally, there is a
greater range of services available in urban areas.
Training needed, not
Health Boards run most
hostels, group homes, day care etc.
- Clinics. For assessment.
Psychologists, doctors, social workers available to assess
- Home visits by professional
staff. E.g. speech therapist. Public health nurse. Also,
regular appointments are made at the clinic to check child's
progress. Self help groups. Both for parents and children.
Support from others who share your experiences. Meet and
- Courses on language
development, etc. often daylong seminars are arranged.
- Special national schools…or
special class at national school. Smaller class group. Speech
therapist provided and physiotherapy. Free transport provided.
- Care units. These
are for more severely handicapped. Basic skills are taught.
Eating, toilet training etc.
- Live at home; go to
day care 9-4.
- Hostels; allows for
more independent living. Supervised.
- Flats. If very independent,
but would need to share with a friend.
- Residential Units;
still large number of mentally handicapped people in psychiatric
hospitals. Often because there is no other local service.
- Emergency accommodation.
If parent is sick etc.
- Summer camps. Where
clubs and discos are arranged. Nowadays, these are a less
popular option. Not so inclined to segregate them.
- Attend a training
centre, which is an AnCo type course. Here they learn basic
work skills. E.g. carpentry. Also, social skills. E.g. answering
the telephone, handling wages, how to relate to others.
This is usually a two-year course.
After their training,
they have three choices.
- Ordinary job. Manual
or semi-skilled. Warehouse work, loading. Bakery, welding…
- Local workshop. This
is like a long term training centre. Contracts are sought
for work such as packaging, printing. work such as pottery,
weaving, gardening. Wages are low.
- Care units or activation
units. Develops living skills . continues the work of the
care unit. For severely handicapped. They are given the
experiences of shopping, travelling, dealing with traffic