A groundbreaking programme is getting underway at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) that sees people with intellectual disabilities team up with students from the School of Informatics & Creative Arts and the School of Health & Science to make television programmes and documentaries.
Partly based on an award-winning US project of the same name, Ablevision Ireland will offer participants access to the state-of-the-art digital technology used by students and the staff at the former PJ Carroll & Co building where DkIT’s Department of Music & Creative Media is based.
The longer term objective of the programme is to produce television programmes for broadcast that will be made by and for people with special needs.
Already, several months of preparatory work has been done by a multidisciplinary team advised by Ablevision in the United States.
“We are very pleased that this innovative project is getting underway and it is a very exciting concept,” said Denis Cummins, President, DkIT. “It is particularly valuable that different faculties are working together and that will make for a richer learning experience for all of those involved from across the wider Institute community.”
Ablevision Ireland is being established as a not-for-profit company by John Delany, an entrepreneur and advocate of rights for the disabled who himself has a special needs daughter. John is being supported by Cllr Michael O’Dowd who also has a special needs child and advised on television production by Orlaith Carmody, director of Meath-based mediatraining.ie.
“We are really excited that this has come together so smoothly and that we will very shortly see the fully integrated crews in action planning and filming their programmes,” says John. “It is fantastic that both the students and staff really liked the idea from the very start and are going to help successfully bring it to reality. DKIT is leading the way in integrating special needs students into higher education and Ablevision Ireland is set to demonstrate integration at its best with an innovative ‘buddy’ system in operation.”
Ablevision Ireland will be officially launched at the DkIT graduation ceremony on Saturday, November 5 when special needs students graduate with Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC) awards.
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