Responding to social change:

18 February:

The second lecture in the series, 'Responding to Change in Irish Society: Perspectives for Social Care Workers' took place tonight in DIT Mountjoy Square.

The theme for the lecture was 'Education and Social Disadvantage' and the invited speakers were Rita Lawlor, Special Olympics Ambassador; Fergus Finlay, Chief of Staff of the Labour Party; and Maura Grant, Director of Programmes for Educational Disadvantage, Department of Education and Science.

Fergus Finlay addressed issues of educational access for people with disabilities, and Maura Grant spoke about the range of initiatives to counter educational disadvantage at first, second and third level.? Rita Lawlor spoke from her personal perspective about the educational challenges facing people with learning disabilities and highlighted the importance of focussing on ability, rather than disability. Rita mentioned some of her own wonderful achievements, including competing in the 1978 International Games in the USA and authoring the best-selling 'Moving On', available in all good book shops!

The speakers invited questions and reactions from the audience and a lively discussion followed.

The next lecture in this series, which is organised by the Department of Social Sciences, will take place on 24th March. The subject will be 'Social Care Issues in the Justice System'

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