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Susan Sunden


This presentation is a look at the differences in respite care facilities in Ireland as compared to in the United States of America. The purpose of this project was to gain an understanding of key differences in the respite care options for individuals who have developmental disabilities in Ireland from America. The preliminary research completed served to gain an understanding of laws and societal norms in Ireland surrounding individuals who have disabilities. Then I spent four weeks (31 days) completing an International Studies Abroad service-learning program. The program consisted of completing 20-30 hours of volunteering with a local organization in Galway, Ireland that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and completing a variety of reflective assignments. This presentation will reflect on the findings pertaining to my time spent completing the project.

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