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Hum an Ri gh t s an d P eopl e wi th In t el l ec t ual Di sabi li ti es Right! Let‟s Speak Up For Ourselves! A Story Of The Day

IDRIGHTS.IE C/O SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN


WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? Last year on the 9th of September, there was a big meeting held at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. This was a very important meeting because many people with disabilities came together to talk about their rights. Many other people helped to make sure that it was a good day. Afterwards, some of the people who were at the day came together to talk and share their experiences of the day. They decided that they wanted to tell other people about what the day meant to them. These are their stories and when they were put together in this book, we decided to call it „The Story of the Dayâ€&#x;*. I hope that you enjoy it.

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Story of the Day has been supported by a TCD Equality Fund grant.

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WHO MADE THE STORY OF THE DAY? The Story of the Day has three parts. The first part was made by Celia Mahon, Carol Taheny, Evaun Mulhern and Elizabeth Bracken from Nu-Haven Enterprises, Sligo. The second part was made by Damien Byrne, David Morgan, Susan McFeely and Aoife Conroy from Cheeverstown House Ltd., Dublin. The third part was made by Sarah Dunster, Frieda Kavanagh, Clara Keogan, Orla Daly, Melissa Crangle, Rory Rainey, Mark Claffey, Eric Masterson and Helen Browne of St. John of God Carmona Services, Dublin. Thank you to them and thank you to all who supported them.

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What was the Day About? The first „Right! Let‟s Stand up for ourselves‟ Human Rights meeting took place on Wednesday, September 9th 2009 at Trinity College, Dublin. Everybody was given a goody bag, listened to people talking about their rights, did work and we all had lunch together. Over 100 people came to talk about their rights and the things that are important to them. People using services, staff, advocates, teachers, and others talked about rights and listened to others. Walkinstown Association showed a film they made. It was called „Our Journey to Rights So Far...‟ The film showed people not being allowed to use their rights.

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It reminded us that we all have rights and that we all have the right to use our rights. Next we went into groups to play a board game. It was called The Rights Game. The Rights Game helped people think about and talk about their rights.

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The Rights Game

The Rights Game was made because itâ€&#x;s a good way of getting people to think about their rights. Some groups decided that they didnâ€&#x;t want to use the Rights Game, they wanted to talk about rights without it. That was okay. The important part is that people got to make choices and were listened to.

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There were 2 people helping each group in the Rights Game. One person asked the questions and the other person wrote things down, they made notes. These notes will be written up and added to the Story of the Day and they will be shared with everyone who came to the meeting. This is what the Rights Game looked like.

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This was the Plan for the Day WHEN

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Registration in Foyer

10.00 Welcome in Room 0.32 What is the day about?

Mary McCarron

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Keynote Session in Room 0.32

Walkinstown Association

Break in the Foyer

Foyer

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Group Work

Everybody!

11.30 Lunch on your own

12.45 Group Work

Everybody!

Feedback in Room 0.32

Noilin Hartigan

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Thi s is On e Sto ry of the Da y It was created by Celia Mahon, Carol Taheny, Evaun Mulhern and Elizabeth Bracken.

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Thi s is An o the r St ory of th e Da y It was created by Damien Byrne, David Morgan, Susan McFeely and Aoife Conroy .

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This is David’s Story

David Morgan

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Hi, I‟m David and I‟ve prepared a short poem about “Right! Let‟s Speak Up for Ourselves!” It is about the people I met in Trinity. A community house I live A community house I love And also the people I know To them I can say No! I went to Trinity for a day And there I had my say That will help me along the way And I will help others to have a right to a say! Friends I knew and Friends I made, From our service and other places These people I won‟t forget their faces! I can say “Stop and Listen!” But some people need my help So I say “this is my story of the day”!

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This is Damien’s Story

Damien Byrne

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Hi, I‟m Damo, and I‟m going to tell you about the things we talked about at “Right! Let‟s Speak Up for Ourselves!” I know what we can and can‟t do. I know what‟s right and wrong. I know we need to respect ourselves and for everyone else to respect us. We know that we don‟t hit, kick, shout, swear or bully anyone. We can help ourselves and each other by: Giving people time Listening Trying to solve a problem Speaking out if we can‟t solve the problem. We talked about the video that Walkinstown Association made and we were very impressed. We learned about choices. We know it is our choice to do what we want in life and what we don‟t want, I choose what I wear, I choose what I eat, I choose how I spend my time and who I spend it with. I have my own bedroom and that was my choice. Nobody can take away my choices without asking me! I am my own man and I am my own boss! 30


Thi s is t he La st St ory of the Da y It was created by Sarah Dunster, Frieda Kavanagh, Clara Keogan, Orla Daly, Melissa Crangle, Rory Rainey, Mark Claffey Eric Masterson and Helen Browne.

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Conclusion The Right! Letâ€&#x;s Stand Up for Ourselves! workshop was a great success and lots of people told me that they really enjoyed themselves. Everyone filled in a form to say if they were happy or unhappy with the day and most people said that they were happy. The people who took part in the day said that the most important rights for them were: To be able to work To be happy To be listened to by staff To choose where to live To be a parent To buy and choose my own clothes To be able to have respite To be able to vote To have my own bank account To be able to have education Thank you all for taking part. Dr. Fintan Sheerin, Trinity College Dublin.

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Here are Some Pictures from the Day

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Human Rights and People with Intellectual Disabilities aims to co-ordinate, devise and establish a human rights initiative to enable networking for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. If you would like to become involved, please: Email us at info@idrights.ie Phone us at 01-8964072 or Write to us c/o Dr. Fintan Sheerin School of Nursing & Midwifery Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2. Ireland.

ŠIDRIGHTS 2010 Human Rights and People with Intellectual Disabilities C/O SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN www.IDRights.ie

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IDRights Dublin 2009 - The Story of the Day  

This is the report of the meeting that was held in Trinity College Dublin with 100 people with intellectual disabilities and their supporter...