Clonmel students at awards ceremony

An awards ceremony for Transition Year Students from all over the country took place in City Hall, Dublin.

An awards ceremony for Transition Year Students from all over the country took place in City Hall, Dublin.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin presented awards to the designers of County and National winning entries. Representatives from the National Network of Local Authorities Access Officers attended along with Transition Year Students, Coordinators and Teachers to support their respective county level entries.

CBS High School in Clonmel was the South Tipperary school selected from an number of participating schools to represent South Tipperary by the South Tipperary Disability Groups Forum.

This Award process is a culmination of work from students as part of a new innovative learning initiative, ‘Enabling Access across Generations’ Transition Year Programme which was developed by the Local Authority Access Officer Network in conjunction with the National Disability Authority.

The Award Ceremony marked the launch of National Accessibility Week in conjunction with International Day of People with Disabilities 2012.

In his speech the Mayor of Dublin indicated he was “delighted to be part of this innovate and progressive learning initiative which maximises resources and collaboration across Local Authorities, Government Departments, Support Services and State Agencies.

“I’m especially delighted that the use of technology through e-learning, visual imagery and the arts has been to the fore as a fundamental part of this initiative. I congratulate all the partners and stakeholders involved.’

The overall National winning school was Gael Choláiste na Mara, Seabank, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. This poster will be used as part of all Local Authority information and awareness campaigns around Disability and Access.

South Tipperary County Council would like to congradulate the CBS High School and all the participating schools for their wonderful efforts in this very worthwhile project.

The great work of the transition year group and their co-ordinators have to be commended and it has support the young people of the county to increase their awareness of issues facing people with disabilities. The project will continue in 2013 and we hope that even more schools will participate in South Tipperary.