Accessibility is more than physical; it is anything that hinders a person’s ability to interact in society.
The term 'disability' covers a wide range of circumstances including, physical disability, mobility issues, sensory, hearing and visual impairments, cognitive difficulties including learning difficulties and mental health issues.
Louth County Council is committed to making the county a more accessible environment for all. The Disability Act 2005 and the Sectoral Plans have allowed us to look at our services in a new light and embrace the opportunity to do things differently. Under the National Disability Strategy our goal is to promote and pro-actively encourage equal opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in the economic, social and cultural life of the County.
Our Access Officer has a responsibility ‘to provide or arrange for and co-ordinate the provision of assistance and guidance to persons with disabilities in accessing its services’.
This is the winning poster, designed by Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, of the inaugural year of the National Awards Ceremony for the Transition Year Students initiative ‘Enabling Access Across Generations’ developed by the Local Authority Access Officer Network.
All transition year schools in the country were invited to take part in this thought provoking and innovative new transition year learning module which was designed in order to raise awareness amongst students of the issues facing people with disabilities. The module consists of two elements, one an e-learning course to raise student’s awareness and understanding of the barriers, both attitudinal and physical, for people with disabilities. The second element was to create a poster to reflect the theme ‘Enabling Access across Generations’.
This will now become an annual event with each Local Authority presenting a finalist from Secondary Level Transition Year Schools from within the County for the National Competition. If any Secondary Level Transition Year Schools are interested in participating, click on the following link http://ty.slss.ie/ for further information, or to register your interest in participating email firstname.lastname@example.org.