Parents left ‘very upset’ by Primetime programme
MEMBERS of the Wicklow Triple A Alliance were among those distressed by footage on last week’s Primetime programme featuring the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, County Mayo.
Chairperson of Wicklow Triple A Alliance Alice O’Donnell said that several members had been in touch with the autism group since the programme aired.
‘Understandably they are very upset,’ she said. ‘As a group the Wicklow Triple A Alliance supports families who have children with autism. We have had contact from several parents and they are feeling upset and angry.’
Alice said that many of their children will need to live in supported care settings when they are older.
‘What we saw in the Primetime programme goes beyond a need for more staff, more money and more resources. It is about a basic lack of respect for people with intellectual disability. A fundamental change in the system is needed.’
The programme uncovered the mistreatment of residents at the care facility in Mayo. ‘We have a history in Ireland of paying lip-service to disability and not following through on the action needed to ensure that change happens. Ireland signed up to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 but it has yet to be ratified,’ said Alice.