Lauren scoops National Award in the ‘Enabling Access across Generations’ Competition

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Lauren Forrest, Mulroy College, Milford receiving the National Award from County Manager Seamus Neely & Lauren Forrest, receiving her County Award from Mayor Ian McGarvey 


Congratulations to Lauren Forrest from Mulroy College, Milford, Co. Donegal on winning the 2014 national award for her poster in the ‘Enabling Access across Generations’ competitions.

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L-R Paul Mc Sweeney, LGMA; Lauren Forrest, Mulroy College, Milford, Co.Donegal; Shane Hogan, NDA; Paddy Mullen, Donegal County Council

Lauren’s poster will be used countrywide throughout 2014 by Local Authorities to heighten awareness of accessibility and disability-related issues.

The Transition Year Learning Module developed by the Local Authorities National Network of Access Officers, in conjunction with the National Disability Authority, creates opportunities for students to raise awareness around accessibility and disability-related issues using their artistic skills.

After completing the online module, all Transition Year schools were then invited to take part and create a piece of visual imagery depicting the theme Enabling Access across Generations’ as part of a National Award Competition.

The National Final and Award Ceremony took place 12th February 2014 at the Local Government Management Agency Offices in Dublin. The awards which were sponsored by were presented to the winning students by Mr Paul Mc Sweeney, CEO, Local Government Management Agency and Dr Ger Craddock, Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority.

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L-R Fiona Temple, Principal Mulroy College; Seamus Neely, Donegal County Manager; Lauren Forrest, National Award Winner; Mayor Ian McGarvey and Teachers Kerry Houston-Callaghan and Aisling Crawford Mulroy College


Attendees included Transition Year Students with the support of TY Coordinators, Teachers, families and friends, the National Disability Authority, 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.

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