Over one hundred parents, service providers, individuals, family members and policy makers attended Inclusion Ireland's ‘Tools for Independent Living Seminar’ at the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 on Wednesday, September 14th.
Professor Errol Cocks spoke about his Individualised Supported Living (ISL) model and the evidence base that underpins this model.
He addressed a number of themes in his presentation such as the role of individualised funding in independent living; the importance of research and evaluation; and the role of families and advocacy organisations.
Prof Errol Cocks also played a number of videos from the Belonging Matters website about people who have made the move to individualised supported living.
One video showed how Cameron Skinner, who lived with his parents Maggie and Greg but always wanted his own home, was supported by his parents, friends and house mates to eventually have his own home.
Molly O’Keeffe from Possibilities Plus talked about the journey towards a self-directed life through individualised funding.
She spoke about her experience in setting up an individual supported living arrangement with her sister, Fran; the role of individualised funding in this; the role of families; and the positive aspects and the challenges of independent living.
Presentations from Prof Errol Cocks and Molly O'Keeffe will be made available in the coming weeks.