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:
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.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 DoneDeal.ie 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.
Lauren Forrest, Mulroy College, Milford, Co. Donegal was announced as the national winner of the Enabling Access Across Generations Transition Year Student Awards.
This poster will be used countrywide throughout 2014 by Local Authorities to heighten awareness of accessibility and disability-related issues.