A compelling and deeply moving documentary that reveals the incredible struggles that parents must undertake to obtain public services, especially education, for their children with severe learning and intellectual disabilities. Winner of Ireland's National Television Broadcasting Award in 1996 this film by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan tells a story that tragically resonates again today because in the era of austerity and budget cutbacks parents are being forced to struggle harder than ever to obtain justice for their children.
“So good were the interviews by Anne Daly and so eloquent the
interviewees that this Esperanza production made the viewers as angry
as the parents.”
--John Boland, The Irish Independent
“...is a moving study of the struggles faced by these parents to get
even the most basic help.”
--The Sunday Tribune
“...its great strength was the honesty of the parents.”
The Irish Times
The late Ger South featured prominently in this documentary and was a legendary campaigner on behalf of children with severe learning disabilities. Ger was a driving force within the Limerick Parents &
Friends - a parents support group - with whom we made this film. Indeed, his huge personal commitment and that of the other parents involved, helped to show in a powerful and compelling way how they
must become campaigners on behalf of their children to get the services they need. A role as activist and campaigner, it must be emphasized, that is all the harder to sustain given that they have
to provide round the clock care for their children with special needs.
This award winning documentary was also used extensively to promote better public understanding of the considerable challenges and real hardship experienced by parents and families when they cannot access appropriate services for their children with severe learning disabilities. Campaigning to secure the right services for their children was part of life for almost every parent we met making this film. While there have been significant improvements in services since this documentary was made thanks to the extraordinary commitment of
the late Ger South and others, the impact of the current regime of cutbacks is once again placing a very severe burden on many parents as they fight to secure the right help for their children.
WHEN HAPPINESS IS A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD won Ireland’s National Television Broadcasting Award in 1996
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