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Training, Careers & Lifestyle Fair for Young People with a Disability

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Training, Careers & Lifestyle Fair for Young People with a Disability

Launching the Inclusive Training and Lifestyle Fair for Young People with Disability which will be held in the LYIT on the 16th of November

What do I want to be when I grow up?  What do I have to do to get there?  Who can help me on my way?  

“These are questions that young people often ask,” explains Anne Timony Meehan who is to the fore in organising a unique event in LYIT on Saturday, November 16, targeting young people with disabilities or additional support needs, aged 16 years or over.

“For some, there is often a clear career path but for young people with a disability or additional support needs it’s not so easy,” says Anne who is the Co-ordinator of the Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee.

“That’s why we are hosting a dedicated Training, Careers & Lifestyle Fair on Saturday, November 16 in Letterkenny Institute of Technology from 12pm to 4pm.  We are targeting young people with disabilities or additional support needs and their families, who are interested in further education, training or employment opportunities or who are looking for sport, recreational and lifestyle activities.  Their supporters, carers and those working in community projects and the disability sector are also welcome.”

Speaking about the event Anne explains “on the day, there will be 40 information stands covering further education and training opportunities and supports; employment supports; recreation and sporting opportunities.  

“There will also be a range of information workshops,including the ‘Onside Project’ from the Independent Living Movement of Ireland; new adaptive technology in use in the Donegal Library Service, rights and entitlements, training opportunities, coaching supports into employment as well as sport and leisure opportunities and much more.”

Anne adds:  "This event will include a series of short video clips that will give us an opportunity to learn from the lived experience of people with disabilities or additional support needs, what being included in mainstream activities means to them in social and recreational environments as well as in training and the workforce.

“These short video clips give us a glimpse of the experience of a range of young people at different stages of their journey and includes Donegal Youth Councillors speaking about their experience being part of this countywide group.”

The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation, Saturday Club will be there on the day bringing Arts and Crafts fun for Children 4 years and older with special needs.  Sign language interpreters will be available throughout the day and can be requested at the Registration desk.

The event will also see the second edition of the Donegal Disability Directory of Services being launched with copies available for all attendees.

“I hope that after attending this event, the next time a young person with a disability or additional support needs asks ‘what do I want to be when I grow up?’ they will realise that it’s entirely their choice and that there is a wide range of supports available to help them to achieve their full potential and thrive,” says Anne.
 
Local Link will provide free transport to all young people with disabilities and their families to this event. There are four routes running on Saturday into Letterkenny: Fanad to Letterkenny; Moville to Letterkenny; Carrigans St. Johnston to Letterkenny;
Burtonport to Letterkenny.

To get your freeTravel Pass for the day all you need to do is to register with Donegal CYPSC before close of business on 12th November to allow Local Link to post out the tickets.
We will need:
Name of each individual travelling
Address
Route they will be on.

Please contact Gearoid Horkan, during office hours, at gearoid.horkan@tusla.ie   or phone 074 - 9123672 ext. 4996

CYPSC Coordinator Anne Timony Meehan  at Anne.TimonyMeehan@tusla.ie or call 087 3527651 or CYPSC Administrator Gearoid on gearoid.horkan@tusla.ie

Launching the Inclusive Training and Lifestyle Fair for Young People with Disability which will be held in the LYIT on the 16th of November are from left Shauna Hoey, Donegal Youth Council, Mairead McLaughlin, Spri Agus Sport, Anne Timony Meehan, Co-ordinator of the Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Wendy mcCarry, Bluestacks Special Needs Foundation, Gearoid Horkan, CYPSC and Loretta McNicholas, Donegal County Council. Picture: Clive Wasson