term outcomes outlined in
Government of Ireland (2006)
A series of Sectoral Plansare currently being developed by the following Departments: Health and Children, Social andFamily Affairs, Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Transport, Communications,Marine and Natural Resources, and Trade and Employment. The Disability Act 2005 is part of aframework of Government legislative measures which support social inclusion for people withdisabilities in Ireland. The Government of Ireland (2006) and Social Partners recognise theimportance of arts and culture in their contribution to the economy as a whole and to the significantadditions they make to the quality of the lives of all citizens. Although, Irelands work on disabilityrights could be improved, the work of the Government of Ireland according to the NationalDisability Strategy (2004) as mentioned above indicates that Ireland is trying its best to promoteand protect the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities. During my clinical practice Irealised a sample of this protection through Indiv
idual programme plans (IPP‟s).
Such plans areindividual to each person and incorporate the
future, short and long term goals, healthneeds, family, and personal abilities. Prior to my reflection I thought about the work load of on-going documentation in the IPP and how time consuming this could be. My thoughts were cloudedin thinking we may be taking from the care aspect of a hands on approach for the service user inspending too much time documenting. On reflection I realised how important documentation wasfor the plan to be successful in achieving the service
goals and aspirations, and improvingtheir health and overall quality of life for their future. Through my reflection I could see how theRNID can support and protect the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities by workingtowards achieving goals and more importantly including the person in their own personal plan.Prior to my reflection I was in doubt if Ireland was trying its best in promoting and protecting therights and inclusion of people with disabilities. In my personal and professional development whichI have gained through my personal reflection I can now see more evidence from the literaturementioned above that Ireland is working towards promoting inclusion and protecting the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. During my reflection I sat and thought about what it is like fora person with intellectual disability. I reflected on the theoretical aspect of my learning from myexperience in college and how this linked to what I was reflecting on in my clinical practice. Mypersonal thinking has been changed dramatically through my personal reflection. In the next sectionthe author will discuss the facilitation of inclusion and how the RNID can facilitate the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.