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Senator Kieran O’Donnell Inspires Audience at LIT Launch of third level programme for people with Intellectual disabilities


" Third level education should be for everyone, you should be able to experience college like your brothers and sisters.” were some of the words spoken by Senator Kieran O’Donnell at the launch of the newly updated ‘certificate programme in advocacy, leadership and independent living’ for people with intellectual disabilities in LIT last Friday.

The senator was speaking to a large audience including, past students of the certificate programme, social care practitioners, students, agency personnel and academic staff at the Millennium Theatre in LIT.  Senator O’Donnell, a committed ambassador to the disability sector, praised LIT for being ‘pioneers’ in this area. . He recognised LIT’s commitment to

“the endeavour of courageous social change, in a society where people matter” and spoke of the need for more programmes of this kind to ensure that student with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to access a ‘third level college experience’ He said, “I challenge future students to be open to the new challenge of a third level experience. It will be tough to walk through the door on the first day, but that by doing a programme like this, you too will enhance their own learning and progression.”

The audience also heard from three past students with disability who have graduated from the programme since it began in 2009 and heard the views of the programme from service managers in the Daughters of Charity, Rehabcare and Brothers of Charity.

Cathy Jones, Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences said,

“We have been running this programme for over 7 years. This year we engaged with past students and service providers and set up a steering committee to review this programme whilst also exploring future progression paths, including accreditation.’ This launch marks the completion of stage one of the steering groups’ work and our new programme begins in January 2017. Stage two to look at further programmes will begin next year.’

Marian Duggan, Head of Faculty at LIT said,

‘this is a very exciting time for Higher Education and for the services supporting people with intellectual disability due to the ‘New Directions’ programme within the sector, with its key focus of access to education. It is very timely that we have established this steering group in collaboration with our community partners and past students to ensure we make real this commitment to education access’.

For more details on the new programme contact Dawn.coleman@lit.ie and closing date for applications is 25th of November. The large audience left on Friday thoroughly inspired by what was a truly collective celebration of difference and diversity.

 

Senator Kieran O’Donnell Inspires Audience at LIT Launch of third level programme for people with Intellectual disabilities
Senator Kieran O’Donnell Inspires Audience at LIT Launch of third level programme for people with Intellectual disabilities

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