ILMI Deepening Social Model Thinking at Maynooth Youth Studies

ILMI continues to roll-out social model led Zoom and TEAMS on-line Disability Equality Training (DET) to mainstream Irish institutions. This month’s DET Zooms particularly addressed supporting university youth work studies students to effectively engage with young disabled people. ILMI are encouraging universities to capacity build their youth work students to enable disabled young people to access their local mainstream community resources such as youth clubs, scouts, arts and sport. 

ILMI Deepening Social Model Thinking at Maynooth Youth Studies

ILMI ONSIDE Coordinator Peter Kearns facilitated a DET evening with Maynooth University alongside ILMI supporter John Kelly who also spoke about his long-term social model informed work with Dublin’s Crumlin DMAP mainstream access programme.

Saoirse Reynolds of Maynooth University’s Youth Cert programme actively sought-out Peter and John to give their disability equality insights to a group of around 30 youth workers from across the midlands. Saoirse’s Youth Cert course has been developed by the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University and County Kildare LEADER Partnership to facilitate the development and empowerment of youth-worker from local clubs and youth teams. Peter’s fun and creative Intro to Disability Equality Training was one of a number of youth diversity lectures expanding the midlands students understanding of youth work principals and practice. 

Youth Cert leader Saoirse told ILMI to wish Peter and John “A huge Thank You for creating a safe and fun space to explore disability equality. The combination of exploring ideologies and practical examples of working with young people were great. There was so much learning in tonight’s class as evident in the check out”. ILMI will continue to promote the necessary role of disabilities studies with youth-worker colleges, universities and their students. Disability Equality studies champions an appreciation of the equity and equality complexities, challenges and potentials involved in mainstream youth work for and with young disabled activists.