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New LIT Advocacy, Leadership and Independent Living skills for Clare

This week brings a new and exciting education opportunity for people with disabilities in Clare. Sixteen mature students with disabilities will take up the Advocacy, Leadership and Independent Living Skills programme designed and delivered by Limerick Institute of Technology (L.I.T.) This initiative is a collaboration between the Clare Leader Forum, L.I.T and Clare County Council, Municipal District.

Higher Education opportunities for this group of students are limited consequently all involved are keen to support further developments in this educational space. Lectures will be delivered over fourteen weeks in Ennis with two sessions taking place on the L.I.T campus. Clare Bus have offered support to ensure course participants have access to transport to allow them to sample the full student experience on LIT campus.

Cathy Jones, Head of Department of Applied Social Sciences at LIT said that

‘bringing this programme that has ran successfully for over 10 years in Limerick to Ennis, will provide a more accessible alternative to applicants from Co. Clare. It will also compliment our BA (hons) in Social Care Work currently bring offered in our campus in the Clare Museum and our upcoming Early Childhood Care and Education programme scheduled for Sept 2018. It is envisaged that students on this new advocacy programme in Ennis will link in with our Clare based social care students for study groups, peer mentoring and social events.

The Clare Leader Forum, who provides a voice for people with disabilities in Clare is driving this initiative. Chairperson of the Forum Padraic Hayes states that

“as people with disabilities we face specific challenges in our access to education. Participating in the Certificate in Advocacy, Leadership and Independent Living is offering us an opportunity to develop our potential and strengthen our understanding of our human rights and how we can grow as active citizens. It is an exciting opportunity for us all and we look forward to implementing what we learn in our work with the Clare Leader Forum”

The six-module course commences on Friday 19th of January in the Clare Education Centre on the Kilrush Rd. For further information please contact Padraic Hayes at Email: clareleaderforum@gmail.com


Sixteen mature students with disabilities will take up the Advocacy, Leadership and Independent Living Skills programme designed and delivered by Limerick Institute of Technology (L.I.T.) This initiative is a collaboration between the Clare Leader Forum, L.I.T and Clare County Council, Municipal District
Sixteen mature students with disabilities will take up the Advocacy, Leadership and Independent Living Skills programme designed and delivered by Limerick Institute of Technology (L.I.T.) This initiative is a collaboration between the Clare Leader Forum, L.I.T and Clare County Council, Municipal District

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