NCBI would like to thank everyone who chose to support us by walking, jogging or running in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. We look forward to you, your families and friends helping us again next year to support our crucial services for people who are blind or vision impaired.
Funds continue to be received from all our supporters for which we are truly grateful. If you took part in the event for NCBI and have not yet returned your sponsorship cards, we would kindly ask you to do so when possible.
NCBI service user Peter Phelan talks about his experience of training for the Dublin Marathon.
Training for the Dublin city marathon began in the first week of March. I would always give myself three month’s full training before the day and since I am more active than a lot of people I know, I find that sufficient. So ten weeks of hard training were completed when I received notice from Beaumont hospital that I would be having my second operation to help my epilepsy.
On the 15th January the Irish Athletics Team under Head of Paralympic Athletics and two time Olympian, James Nolan, travelled to Christchurch in New Zealand to compete at the IPC World Athletics Championships. The team of eight athletes, included vision impaired athletes from Irish Blindsport, Aislish Dunne, Mountmellick, Co. Laois and Nadine Lattimore from Clontarf, Dublin. Some had represented Ireland at Paralympic level previously but some were world championship debutants. Fintan O’Donnell, (vision impaired) from Ennis, Co.
In our autumn issue, I talked about the managers in Limerick and Kilkenny, who had opened links to their Facebook sites in order to exchange ideas and notes about their shops. Mary Shanahan in particular, with her constantly changing pieces of information and clear photos of some of her stock regularly updated, has encouraged countless people to ‘see for themselves.’ Corina Merrigan in Ringsend is another enthusiast.
During the Halloween midterm break this year, an IT camp was held at the Sensory Resource Centre in Dundalk. Presented by Róisín Mulligan, IT Trainer and Bernie Devlin, Community Resource Worker, the camp was offered to students between Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. classes living in Louth. It was taken up by four young ladies from different parts of the county in mainstream education and provided an opportunity for the participants to meet, interact socially, provide peer support and forge friendships.
Financial support from the Education and Culture DG of the European Commission will make it possible for Blind and partially sighted adults to learn new languages.
Education, skills and the ability to make a positive contribution to civil society are central to social inclusion. It is therefore crucial that teaching and training techniques adequately address the specific needs of blind and partially sighted people.