Useful Links: Community Participation & Inclusion

People Connecting (June 2007)
People Connecting is a National Federation of Voluntary Bodies publication, incorporating the findings from the 26th June 2006 Consultative Workshop on the Barriers, Incentives and Solutions to Community Participation & Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disability, together with Recommendations to the Board of the National Federation (18 April 2007). 
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 A Life in the Community…  Supporting adults with autism and other developmental disorders whose needs are challenging (UK, September 2001).  Commissioned by The Kingwood Trust in association with The Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, The National Autistic Society and The National Development Team.  This report looks in depth at the task of supporting adults with autism and other developmental disorders whose needs are challenging.  It is a blueprint for the future pattern of service provision for a group of people whose problems and needs have too often been misunderstood.
"Community for All" Toolkit - Resources for Supporting Community Living - Web-Based Version 1.1, August 2004 (for volunteers, advocates, self-advocates, and professionals).  You are free to copy or modify any of the information in this tool kit for your use.  If it is photocopied or reproduced from a journal or magazine, you need to get permission to copy it from the journal or magazine publisher.
Dynamics of Disability and Social Inclusion in Ireland (2006) By Brenda Gannon and Brian Nolan
This new research, published by the Equality Authority and the National Disability Authority, establishes the relationship between the experience of disability over time and its impact in the areas of employment, income and social participation.  Using data from the Living in Ireland Surveys (1995-2001), it explores for the first time how employment, earnings, household income and social participation change as people acquire a disability, when people cease to have a disability and for people who have a disability on an ongoing basis over time.
The Government Taskforce on Active Citizenship was established to advise the Government on the steps that can be taken to ensure that the wealth of civic spirit and active participation already present in Ireland continues to grow and develop.  The aim of this website is to provide visitors with information on the Taskforce and to hear your views on what it means to be an active citizen in 21st century Ireland.  The final report of the taskforce was published in March 2007.
Included in Society:  Results and Recommendations of the European Research Initiative on Community-Based Residential Alternatives for Disabled People (2003).  This publication is a result of the project “Included in Society” aimed at analyzing the conditions in and prevalence of large residential institutions for disabled people in Europe.  The participating organisations and universities collected information on the living conditions in large residential institutions in 25 European countries. This is the basis for policy recommendations addressing the need for more communitybased services for disabled people.

Inclusion Europe
The European Association of Societies of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families:  Inclusion Europe is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Europe.  Respect, Solidarity and Inclusion are the fundamental values shared by all members of the movement of and for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.  People with intellectual disabilities are citizens of their country. They have an equal right to be included in society, whatever the level of their disability.
The Office for Social Inclusion is the Irish Government Office with overall responsibility for developing, co-ordinating and driving Ireland's National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007 - 2016.  Its four main functions are: co-ordinating social inclusion activity; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress against agreed Social Inclusion targets and objectives; raising awareness, and, developing technical supports.
Pobal's mission is to promote social inclusion, reconciliation and equality through integrated social and economic development within communities. Pobal is a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and The EU.   Papers from Pobal's November 2006 conference "Making a Difference - Social Inclusion in a Changing Rural Ireland” are now on Pobal’s website.
Report (UK), January 2004 - Learning Disability Taskforce.  The report of the Learning Disability Task Force on progress on key objectives within Valuing People - the learning disability White Paper for England - over the three years since its publication in 2001.