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Learning disabled to perform local access audit

AN audit of access around the town of Shannon is to be carried out by learning disabled researchers over the next few months.The initiative was launched at the Town Hall on Wednesday and research coordinator Rob Hopkins said it would seek to look at things from the point of view of people who have disabilities and other problems with access. “We have people with physical disability, people with temporary disabilities, people with learning disabilities who also have physical disabilities, parents and toddlers, there’s a range of people with access issues. It’s only when you start looking that they emerge and it’s only when you’re put in a difficult situation that these things start to emerge.”He said it is not intended toembarrass anyone through the audit. “We don’t want to name and shame anyone, we just want to provide a service. People who are themselves experiencing access problems will know best, we’re coming from that premise. They will be able to …

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St Flannan’s students finish in pole position

SIX St Flannan’s students are hoping to take pole position in the Formula 1 In School’s Technology Challenge. Three first year and three Junior Certificate students form the team the Fire Dragons who have built a Formula 1 car from start to finish.The team is made up of Norbert Rosik, Christopher Ogdonna and Brendan Golden who are all Junior Certificate students. They are joined by first year students Eric Mullally, Jack O’Dea and Tim Jansen. They beat off tough opposition from other schools, as well as another team, Speed, from their own school, at the regional finals earlier this month in Cork Institute of Technology. The F1 project was undertaken in co-ordination with the University of Limerick’s engineering and aeronautical departments. Science teacher at St Flannan’s College, Michael Hogan explained that this is the fifth year of the competition, which attracts more than 90,000 students, has been run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in …

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