Programme makes students more aware of the world of disability

Tuesday, 8th May marked the culmination of two years hard work for the 16 students of the UCC Diploma in Disability Studies in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre.

Tuesday, 8th May marked the culmination of two years hard work for the 16 students of the UCC Diploma in Disability Studies in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre.

This was the first time that this innovative and flexible adult education programme was organised in Clonmel. It is an extremely successful local example of the many outreach programmes developed in the Centre for Adult Continuing Education (CACE) in UCC, which take place in community settings around Ireland. The successful students were awarded a Diploma at NFQ Level 7 (minor) at the end of a two-year part-time programme delivered for three hours, one night per week.

The aim is to enable students to develop a critical awareness of the factors operating in the world of disability, to explore the ways in which different issues overlap and how this affects the lives of people living with impairments. Participants are encouraged to challenge their own attitudes in relation to disability. The first year takes a mainly theoretical approach while the second year concentrates on the more practical issues affecting the lives of people living with an impairment.

Mike Masterson, Course Co-ordinator is grateful to all the students that worked so diligently to complete the current programme, as well as the staff of the Clonmel Community Resource Centre for the support, flexibility and excellent resources provided.

Anyone that may have a future interest in the programme should contact Mike on 087-6910091 or e-mail, mikemasterson1@gmail.com