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Disability Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2019

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

€10 – €20


39 available
Social Care Ireland Member10.00
39 available
Non- Member20.00

Save the date; Disability Special Interest Group Annual Conference 

 Date: 24th October 2019

Journey to de-congregation- where are we now?

Venue: ChildVision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Time: 9:30 am Registration, 10 am start till 3:30 pm

Lunch & refreshments provided

Social Care Ireland are delighted to support the Disability Special Interest Group with their annual conference. Exploring the Journey to de-congregation- where are we now? One of the Government’s key objectives is to provide people with disabilities with services and supports which will empower them to live independent lives, provide them with greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives.

To achieve this aim, the Programme for Government provided a commitment to the establishment of a Task Force on Personalised Budgets. The Task Force has now completed its work and Minister Finian McGrath has published its report. The Chair of the Task Force on personalised budgets, Christy Lynch will provide a key note on this at the event.

Towards Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability in Ireland; Report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets

Fionn’s Story

This presentation is about what can happen when a son and father choose to dream bigger and seek their unique purpose in life. Fionn, the first person in Ireland with a developmental delay to manage his own HSE funded support programme, along with Jonathan, a Steiner primary school teacher from the US, will invite Social Care professionals to consider a future where they support people to take leadership determining how support is given, and to help them achieve their own version of a great life.

Fionn and Jonathan run a social enterprise called Fionnathan Productions, based out of Fionn’s apartment in Galway, and their art studio in Clarenbridge. Fionn has shown his artwork in New York and London, has played his fiddle in 23 countries, teaches children about wildlife, and has given over a hundred talks, including annual lectures to Social Care students around Ireland. Their film series, What Do You Love About Your Life? includes interviews with more than 500 people, with more than 300,000 views online.

Frontline Magazine Creating Community and enjoying life: The story of Fionnathan Productions Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Collaborative project with St Patrick’s Centre, Kilkenny and Genio.

Selina Doyle, Practice Development Manager, St Patrick’s Center, Kilkenny & Tara Doheny, Programme Manager, Genio-Transforming Social Services, will share their story on a collaborative project that supported de-congregation for people with disabilities using services in Kilkenny.

The Mission statement of St Patrick’s Centre, Kilkenny (SPC) is ‘”To enable people to live a good life, in their own home, with supports and opportunities to become active, valued and inclusive members of their local communities. To enable a supported self-directed living (SSDL) model of provision which is underpinned by our beliefs, values and mission'”

In line with the 2011 national policy, “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings- A strategy for Community Inclusion” the entire SPC campus was moving towards de-congregation and they did this with the support of Genio.

Genio was involved with this service reform since 2017, “Genio is a non-profit organisation specialising in social service transformation. Genio was established to assist Government to increase cost-effective personalisation of social services by putting the people who use them at the heart of their design and delivery. This work has been supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and is now being sustained by Government. In the last 10 years we have helped to facilitate change and improvements for over 8,000 people across disability, mental health, dementia and homelessness services”

Click here to read more on St Patricks’s Kilkenny 

Click here to read more on Genio 


October 24
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
€10 – €20
Event Category:


ChildVision Grace Park Road
Drumcondra, Dublin Ireland


Charlotte Burke