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Minister Finian McGrath joins celebrations in LIT on Wednesday 16th May

Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, will be joining the celebrations at the graduation ceremony on the 16th May of 41 students from the Leadership, Advocacy and Independent Living course, which runs here in LIT within DASS.

The course runs in 3 LIT campuses; Moylish in Limerick, Thurles in Tipperary and Ennis in Co. Clare. This year 41 students will graduate on the 16th May bringing the total number of graduates of the programme to over 150. This programme has been recognized by Aontas and the National Learning Network for its contributions to adult and community education and has been shortlisted twice for a national Aontas STAR Award.

Students attend classes at the LIT campus one day per week and are joined in class activities by social care student co-learners as part of the Active Citizenship and Personal Development modules in the social care degree programme.

Each year the students, along with the programme facilitator Martina Neylon and colleagues, choose projects they wish to complete as part of their classwork. Examples of these projects have included a visit to the Dáil, production of a radio show for WIREDFM and a DVD on human rights. Students in the past have also organised a public Q&A session with local TDs on disability services and advocacy, and have visited the Courthouse in Mulgrave street Limerick to understand the legal rights of individuals.

The disability services supporting individuals to access the programme include the Brothers of Charity Limerick and Clare, Enable Ireland, Daughters of Charity, RehabCare, Moorehaven Centre, and St. Joseph’s Charleville.

The programme provides new opportunities and the classes open up another channel of development for people with disability to be fully included in the college community. Most of the students graduating would never have expected to go to college, and their families never would have expected them to either. The Leadership and Advocacy programme has contributed significantly to the LIT community.

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A last cohort of students delighted with their achievement!

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