LIMERICK Institute of Technology has hosted a week of events on campus to underline its commitment to equal access in education.
Recent years have seen the number of students with a disability of learning difficulty grow to almost five per cent of the total student body at the Moylish college.
And as part of Inclusion Awareness Week on campus, LIT’s Access Service organised lunchtime seminars and information stands open to all students and staff.
Events also included a “scavenger hunt which encouraged students to explore disability-related topics” and lessons in sign language for which college president Dr Maria Hinfelaar was among the participants.
“The aim of this event is to get people thinking about the challenges faced by students with disabilities and learning difficulties, as well as providing relevant information to our current students on organisations that are available to support them, both during their course and following graduation,” said Broze O’Donovan, disability officer at LIT.
David Russell, who is in his fourth year studying software development, is among the students registered with the college’s disability services.
“I helped out during the week. The Access Service has been the wind in my sails. I hope that LIT Inclusion Awareness Week has helped keep afloat some of the hardiest sailors in the sea of life,” said Mr Russell.
A number of organisations attended to promote the services they provide for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. These included the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, Deaf Hear Limerick, ASPIRE, Limerick Deaf Community Centre, Limerick Dyspraxia/DCD Group, Irish Wheelchair Association, Limerick Supported Employment and Clare Supported Employment.