Two youths from Wicklow who have physical and sensory disabilities received certificates on Friday after they completed courses at UCD earlier in the year.
Luke Sterling from Bray and Aoife Hurley from Arklow, who attend the RehabCare’s New Horizons service in Stillorgan, both took courses in their area of interest thanks to Rehab Care.
Luke studied The First World War 1914-1918, while Aoife studied Dublin: One City One Book. The pair were joined at UCD by two of their fellow class-mates.
Reuben Jayawardene, Programme Facilitator, RehabCare’s New Horizons service said “We created links with UCD with a view to providing educational resources in a university setting for the people who use our service.
UCD provided us with a wide catalogue of open learning courses. These courses, which lasted eight weeks, were affordable, and provided the full college experience while costing only a small fraction of a full-time degree course.”
Both of the Wicklow students enjoyed their experience of university life. Speaking at the ceremony in UCD, Luke Sterling from Bray said “It was very interesting. It was a great learning curve between what I was used to and third level.” Aoife Hurley from Arklow said “I really enjoyed the experience of going to college, and now graduating, like my sister Helen.”
This was the first time that RehabCare’s New Horizons has partnered with a university to support people who use its services to access third level education.