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TY – Enabling Access Across Generations

Congratulations to Lauren Whelan who was County Level runner up in the TY ‘enabling access across generations’ competition.

Lauren and the other 10 TYs who entered has been invited to County Hall on Friday, Feb 6th to receive her prize. Well done Lauren!

The Transition Year Initiative developed by the LGMA Access Officer Network, in conjunction with the National Disability Authority (NDA), creates opportunities for students to raise awareness around accessibility and disability-related issues using their artistic skills.

The overall aim of the initiative is to raise awareness amongst students of accessibility and disability-related issues. It presents an opportunity for Transition Year (TY) students to engage in an interdisciplinary approach to learning with the social and economic aspects of disability, equality and diversity to the fore in an award competition.

The initiative comprised of two elements:

  1. The first element was education and awareness around disability and what accessibility means. This was provided through e-learning whereby students obtain information in a practical way with real life experiences which depict issues and barriers both attitudinal and physical for people with disabilities.
  2. The second element required students to prepare a piece of visual imagery which reflects and is representative of their consideration of disability and accessibility in its broad interpretation.

The initiative culminated in a National Final and Award Ceremony held on 12th February 2014 at the LGMA offices in Dublin. The awards which were sponsored by were presented to the winning students by Mr Paul Mc Sweeney, CEO, LGMA and Dr Ger Craddock, Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA.

Attendees included TY Students with the support of TY Coordinators, teachers, families and friends, the NDA, Access Officers and Equality Officers from local authorities. Special guests on the day were the participants from the RTE Production ‘In your Shoes’ which provided a fitting arena for the County Level finalist to showcase their work and await the ultimate unveiling of the National Award Winner.

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