Briefing Papers

Genio Dementia Series: No. 3 Briefing Paper on Dementia Diagnosis

This briefing paper is part of a series of papers that has been commissioned by Genio to provide accessible overviews of key areas relating to the development of dementia services. The paper explores the diagnosis of dementia; what the current practice is in Ireland; a description of common standardised instruments for cognitive assessment; an overview of practices in other parts of the world and based on the evidence, some actions for consideration.

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Genio Dementia Series: No. 2 Briefing Paper on Dementia Advisors

This briefing paper is part of a series of papers that have been commissioned by Genio to provide accessible overviews of key areas relating to the development of dementia services. The paper explores the Dementia Advisor Role which focuses on the provision of information to people with dementia and their carers, the signposting of the dementia journey and the provision of support on that journey.

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Intellectual Disability Advocacy Initiative: Scoping Study

In the course of the work that Genio has conducted over the last number of years it has become clear that there is a need for the establishment of a National Intellectual Disability Advocacy Initiative that would strengthen the voice of those with intellectual disabilities. Such an initiative could include independent citizens who may be involved in helping to represent the interests of those whose capacity precludes them from speaking on their own behalf.

Genio commissioned a scoping study to identify the best approach to developing such an initiative. The key tasks of the scoping study were to describe the key features of a National Intellectual Disability Advocacy Initiative and outline an appropriate approach to developing such an initiative based on a clear identification of strengths that could be built upon in an Irish context, and learning from other countries.

Drawing on important insights from the literature review including desk research on established self-advocacy models in other jurisdictions and the consultative meetings with key stakeholders and informants, the paper identifies important elements to feature in such an advocacy initiative.

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