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Inclusive Education going from strength to strength at St Angela's College, Sligo

Inclusive Education going from strength to strength at St Angela's College, Sligo

St Angela’s College, Sligo held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday 10th April 2019 for fifteen students with an intellectual disability who completed a Certificate in Life Skills with the College.

The ceremony is the third graduation for this programme which was initially developed by Trinity College Dublin. The delivery at St Angela’s is unique as it is an inter-Departmental initiative with tuition offered by the academic staff in the Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Disability Studies, the Centre for Special Education Needs, Inclusion and Diversity along with the Home Economics Department.

“Completion of this programme, undertaken over three years, is a significant achievement for each student and demonstrates the College’s commitment to opening the College campus to the community” explains Ms Carmel Jennings, Lecturer in the Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies.

Dr Taheny, College President, stated that the “programme is a wonderful opportunity for persons with an intellectual disability to experience college life and reiterates St. Angela’s College mission towards inclusive education.  It was a most exciting development for the College and was warmly welcomed by staff and students”.

Students of the programme integrated with other students of the College for modular content and became active members of the College “Students Union”. A variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational events arranged by the Students Unions complimented student's academic experiences.

Julian Cassell, a graduate of the programme, stated that “In college, we learned about everyday things like cooking. We also teamed up with other students which was really great”. Similarly, Gerry Mc Cormack another graduate of the programme spoke glowingly of his experience during his time at St Angela’s saying that he “enjoyed meeting all the people and I loved everything about college”. Ms Mairead Mc Hugh, a student who completed the programme, said “St Angela’s has helped me a lot. I have met lots of students and Lecturers here. I am very attached now, and I will miss it”. Ms Aideen Harte stated that she “loved doing all the work on health”.

At the graduation ceremony, Dr Taheny addressed the newest graduates welcoming them to become active members of the College’s Alumni Association. Dr Edel Mc Sharry, Head of Department of Nursing Health Science and Disabilities Studies announced a plan to hold a conference for past graduates of this course. The conference will examine “Life skills in action” and will explore how the programme has benefitted past students in reaching their true potential. The College anticipates that another cohort for the Certificate in Life Skills will be recruited starting in Autumn 2020.

For more information on the programme, please contact Ms Carmel Jennings at 071 91 43580

Graduates of the Certificate in Life Skills Programme, St Angela’s College.
Front row (Left to Right)
Eamon Mc Manus, Elizabeth Bracken, Celine O Reilly, Kathleen Mc Tigue and Mairead Mc Hugh,
Middle row (Left to Right)
Anne Marie Duffy, Aideen Harte, Mary Kelly, Patricia Mulligan and Julian Cassells
Back row Left to Right)
Martin McLoughlin, Ronan Campbell, John Thornton, Gerry Mc Cormack.

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