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In a multidisciplinary effort, a new innovative swimming programme has been offered to parents and children attending Cope Foundation. The programme, ‘Sensational Swimmers’ was a great success with all families that participated. The ‘Sensational Swimmers’, programme is specifically developed to help children with specific learning needs, autism, communication difficulties and sensory difficulties to enjoy success in the water and in learning to swim. It also works with families to develop their confidence, so that swimming can be a family activity and experience...

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Aenid Doherty ( Enable Ireland) recipient of the Gerry Clarke Award at the Open Training College Conferring of Awards

Congratulations to all the recent graduates of the Open Training College who attended the Conferring of Awards ceremony on Saturday, 15 November at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin. Almost one hundred graduates achieved third-level awards in the areas of Social Care and Management in the disability and wider non-profit sectors. Special mention goes to Aenid Doherty (The Gerry Clarke Award), Paul Foster (Social Care Ireland Award for Academic Excellence), and Peter Shiels (The Wheel Management Award for Academic Excellence) for achieving their respective ‘Student of the Year’ awards on the day.

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Jean Healy, arts and crafts instructor with St. Christophers services and Larry Bannon, Longford’s Mayor.

St Christopher’s Services Art Programme has been awarded first prize in the IPB Pride of Place Award for 2013. Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over Ireland. The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities...

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‘Break barriers, open doors—for an inclusive society for all.’ That was the theme of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2013. Members of the self-advocates’ sub-committee of the Board of Inclusion Ireland marked the important day by briefing Oireachtas members, before a formal meeting the following day with Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State with responsibility for disability issues. Brendan O’Connor, Deputy Editor of the Sunday Independent, chaired the briefing...

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Jimmy Sweeney, Service User Council Chairperson. Eileen Costello-Conneely, Facilitator/Service Quality Manager

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Ability West has a Service User Council in place which is representative of service users throughout the organisation. The Council has been in place since June 2010- The Chairperson of the Council is Jimmy Sweeney. The Council is facilitated by Eileen Costello-Conneely, staff member of Ability West...