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Let’s Go Skills joined another great CHAT online meeting this morning.

We learned that Age Action had a joint project with the Red Cross to fund technology for older people, but unfortunately it closed last week as demand outstripped funding but might be worthwhile keeping an eye on it to see if it reopens https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/age-action-and-irish-red-cross-covid-19-hardship-fund

We heard about the Alone Connect  initiative. See https://alone.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BConnect-Brochure-Final.pdf

This CHAT forum is very interesting and  has very helpful sessions.


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Chat online Initiative

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CHAT had a great online meeting this morning.  CHAT aims to facilitate and create opportunities amongst people to learn from each other in an atmosphere that supports equality, collective and individual sharing. This makes the most of people’s expertise to identify better challenges, gaps and to consider solutions regarding AT.

Chat has a national membership of over 200 people and organisations. This includes people with disabilities (expert and non-expert AT users), AT practitioners, researchers, educators, service providers, developers, suppliers and other interested parties.

Different member organisations host each CHAT gathering. To date, CHAT has been hosted by the Deaf Village, Enable Ireland, University College Dublin Access Centre and The National Council of the Blind in Ireland, St. John of God and Childvision. As such, gatherings are co-created by those involved and as participants share knowledge. This morning, we are all thinking together how to support AT users during COVID 19  and working horizontally across and beyond the disability sector.


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INTERACTIVE MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

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The Let’s Go Skills hosted a workshop today of the partners from ABC,DCU on the multimedia development of the materials for the DisAbuse training course. Six full modules were discussed and reviewed. Recommendations were made around how to make the materials interactive and engaging.


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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN LISBON

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Let’s Go skills partners Marian McDonnell and Dr Irene Connolly attended and presented at the  2nd International DisAbuse Seminar on the 9th of March in ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon.

Partners from all countries presented alongside the Ana Sofia Antunes – Portuguese State Secretary of Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Carla Moleiro – Director of CIS-IUL, ISCTE-IUL and prestigious guests from the Portuguese Association of Disabled People; APPACDM – The Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Disadvantaged Citizen and Pró-Inclusão the National Association of Teachers of Special Education.

The focus of the Seminar was current Research and Best Practice cross-nationally, reflecting the first project aim of DisAbuse. The multi-lingual version of the DisAbuse website and content management system in English, Portuguese, Spanish & Italian, which was developed by the team at IADT,  was launched.

 

 

One of the main aims of the DisAbuse Project is to give SEN/D individuals voice in how the issue of disablist bullying is addressed and tackled, and amongst the guests were future participants/evaluators for the pilot testing phase of DisAbuse’s course work. As part of this, the floor was opened for an affective, instructive and emotive discussion of the bullying experiences of SEN/D individuals and those who care and work with them, underlying the value of the work being done by the project, and the necessity of directly involving those who it aims to help. You can follow the DisAbuse Facebook Page at This Link

When invited speakers finished their presentations at the conference, participants at the 2nd DisAbuse session to counter disablist bullying engaged in discussion about bullying among SEN/D individuals and what needs to be done.