“Dragon Rewards Students”Gavin Duffy, of Dragons Den fame, awarded 12 students with Certificates of Achievement this week in the Drogheda Institute of Further Education. The Ceremony took place on Friday 20th July and marked the achievements of 12 students with Intellectual Disabilities who have completed the inaugural Ablevision Ireland two week intensive Basic Media Studies Summer Camp in the DIFE entitled “Looking through the Same Lens”.
The students came from all over the north-east of Ireland including Midway Services in Meath, Malta Services and St John of Gods in Louth, and Steadfast House in Monaghan. The students completed modules in Camera Work, Presentation Skills, Sound and Lighting, Film Production and Directing. They made 3 short films on various subjects including Millmount Museum, Drogheda Fire Station and Boyne River Rescue. These shorts will be released later in the year on our website, www.ablevisionireland.com, and aired on SKY Channel 212 along with Tony Breen from Switch DP’s documentary on the Summer Camp.
This innovative and unique course was devised and organised by Ablevision Ireland and is the first in a series of 10 to be held over the next year. Ablevision Ireland is a not for profit organisation set up to enable people with disabilities to participate on media studies courses in order to learn about making television and radio programmes together. The objective is to produce television and radio programmes for broadcast that will be made by and for people with intellectual disabilities. The programmes are wholly scripted, shot and hosted by the participants themselves. The focus is on the participants using their abilities and talents to unleash their creativity and on working together to deliver real results. The project hopes to enable participants to communicate with confidence about their abilities as opposed to their disabilities.
John Delany, CEO of Ablevision Ireland, said “We are very impressed with the enthusiasm and skill shown by the students. The results have been inspirational!” Ablevision would like to thank all their staff and volunteers for their hard work, Davy Mc Donnell and all the staff in the DIFE for the use of their facilities and Julianne Lawler of Local Heroes for providing us with office facilities.
Michael O’Dowd, a Director of Ablevision Ireland, thanked the Drogheda Fire Service, Boyne Rive Rescue and Millmount Museum for hosting the participants during the fortnight.