Par­ents left ‘very up­set’ by Prime­time pro­gramme

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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.

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