110209 volunteer and staff opportunities SHINE ireland

Your chance to SHINE - volunteer today!

Every summer Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) organises SHINE, a residential summer independence training project full of activities, challenges and fun for teenagers and young adults with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus nationwide. SHINE gives them the opportunity to develop their independence, confidence and social skills in a safe, encouraging and fun environment. There are 5 separate SHINE weeks planned in July and August 2011 in Dublin and Co. Kildare. SBHI is looking for energetic and willing volunteers and staff to join the SHINE team. Opportunities are available in areas such as Education, Health, Sports, Arts and Social Care and many more. Experience is not essential, full training will be provided. The minimum age is 18 years. The association conducts a strict screening process on all potential applicants. Read more here.
Be a part of SHINE 2011 - a residential summer programme full of activities, challenges and fun


110209 eu disability strategy

New EU strategy to empower people with disabilities

The EU believes that people with disabilities are entitled to live with dignity, enjoy equal treatment with the rest of the population, live independently, and take a full and active role in society. To realise this the European Commission has adopted the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The strategy covers eight key areas: accessibility; participation; equality; employment; education and training; social protection; health; and external action. To move forward in these areas, the strategy has established a number of activities for its first five years. The Commission will consider drafting a European Disability Act in 2012. The aim here will be to improve accessibility of goods, services and public infrastructure through the development of accessibility standards, and by enhancing the use of public procurement to buy accessible goods and services.
Despite both EU and national legislation, many people with disabilities still face difficulties in their everyday lives


110208 minimally invasive hydrocephalus surgery

Introducing minimally invasive Hydrocephalus surgery into high-tech Western medicine

IF medical consultant neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Warf, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, is currently the director of the Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital Boston. He is frequently called upon to counsel expectant parents in the Advanced Fetal Care Center whose child has a prenatal diagnosis of a neural tube defect, Hydrocephalus, or other brain or spine anomaly. In 2000 Dr. Warf and his family moved to Uganda, where he performed thousands of neurosurgeries on children at CURE Children's Hospital, Mbale, while teaching many local doctors the latest neurosurgical techniques. Now doctors at the Children’s Hospital Boston are employing the combined procedure he developed in selected infants, allowing Hydrocephalus to be treated without a shunt.
In Uganda Dr. Benjamin Warf developed an innovative surgical technique to treat Hydrocephalus without a shunt


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