A group of 40 pre-nursing students and community care students from St Conleth’s Community College tackled disabilty head on recently for National Disabilty Awareness day.
The students all took on a disabilty for the day to see at first hand what the facilites in Newbridge are like for someone with a disabilty.
“On Friday March 28 we had our now annual Disability Awareness Day in the PLC Centre in St. Conleth’s Community College,” said Georgina Finnegan, Course Co-ordinator.
“This year we had two groups participating: - the Pre Nursing Group and the Community Care Group, 40 students in total. The students all took on a disability for the day and used many of the facilities around the town to experience what it is like for somebody living everyday with this disability.”
The feedback was described as very compelling with issues such as high footpaths making it difficult for wheelchair access and for people with visual impairment to access ATM machines that were deemed to be too high.
“The purpose of this exercise was to highlight to these future carers just how difficult everyday living can be for someone living with a disability,” she added. “On their return to the college the students evaluated their day with words ranging from ‘enlightening’ to ‘frustrating’ , ‘isolating’ and ‘vulnerable’ being used to describe their experiences.
“We were joined for the day by the Coordinator Gillian Goulding and members from the Athy Branch of Irish Wheelchair Association who spoke about the IWA and the members gave their ‘life histories’. As always this was a very beneficial day for everyone concerned.
“The students all worked very hard in organising the day.”