Listen to disabled students

Rebecca Rutledge and Chloe Keane St. Fergals Rathdowney
The topmost recommendation by Laois secondary school students at the recent Comhairle AGM is to listen to the views of young people with disabliities.

The topmost recommendation by Laois secondary school students at the recent Comhairle AGM is to listen to the views of young people with disabliities.

The students voted “That the Comhairle includes young people with disability by directly bringing young people to meetings if they are able and comfortable and also that they be supported by meetings with small groups of Comhairle executive to represent their views”.

The recommendation was based on Article 23 of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that mentally or physically disabled children have the right to special care and education to develop and lead a full life.

About 80 senior cycle students cast their votes, following a brainstorming session on how to enforce children’s rights in Ireland, at the AGM in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise, overseen by youth workers from around the county and Laois County Council.

Their second recommendation was directed to Laois County Council, seeking better wheelchair access in public places, youth clubs, homes, schools and restaurants.

Students also called for a de-stigmatisation of the stereotyping of young people”.

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