The National Association of Intellectual Disabilities has asked for an inquiry into the operation of summer homes for the disabled, and suggested such an operation be required to have a license, RÚV reports. Many who use the services are unable to express themselves, making monitoring essential.
Alleged sexual abuse at one such home has been in the news lately, but despite the supporting testimony of several women with connections to the home, the investigation was halted and the case did not go to court.
Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir, head of the Association, claims there are sufficient clues to indicate something serious took place at the home ―serious enough to warrant an inquiry.
She believes the places which operate excellent summer homes deserve a seal of approval to prove how well they’re doing, while others fail to do well.
Maggý Hrönn Hermannsdóttir, a former employee of the controversial summer home, participated in the residents’ trip abroad one summer. In a RÚV TV interview last night, she described poor conditions during the trip, the disabled residents being spoken to in a derogative way, being given poor nourishment, and their medical conditions being ignored. Their laundry was rarely washed and their pocket money confiscated.
Maggý reported this to the Ministry of Welfare upon return, but nothing came of it.