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Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Croke Park event to promote the rights of children with disabilities

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Pictured at the official launch of the Beyond Limits’ Empowering young people with disabilities are: Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon, Joanne O'Riordan, Michael McKillop, Julian Benson, Daniel Daly (Young Speaker), Karen O'Mahony and Jason Hopkins (Co-Presenters).

President Michael D Higgins will be in Croke Park on Saturday 19th October to open an event called Beyond Limits: Empowering young people with disabilities.

Beyond Limits has been created by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office to raise awareness of the rights of children with disabilities all over Ireland. Children, parents, carers and those working with disabilities in Louth are invited to attend.

Beyond Limits is the first event of its kind, amplifying the voices of young people with disabilities and hearing about the achievements of those with disabilities. It is also an opportunity to learn about technology, education and employment opportunities, to see sports and activities in action, and to talk about inclusion and relationships.

Beyond Limits will be presented Julian Benson of Dancing with the Stars, along with two young people. Speakers include Disability Rights Activists Joanne O'Riordan and Mark Pollock, Autism Activist Adam Harris, Izzy’s Wheels and Paralympians Michael McKillop and Ellen Keane. There will also be young speakers talking about their own experiences as young people with disabilities or as carers.

At Beyond Limits there will be sport and cookery demonstrations, information on education and employment for people with disabilities and much more.

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Speaking ahead of the launch of Beyond Limits, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon said:

“Young people with disabilities are the exact same as other young people; they want to spend time with friends, they want to know what opportunities are open to them in the future and they want to have fun. 

“We have created Beyond Limits to give a platform to young people with disabilities in Ireland.  We want children and families to come along to learn about the opportunities that are open to them.

“We are making every effort to make Beyond Limits a fully inclusive and accessible event for all young people, and we look forward to welcoming people from all over Ireland on the day.”

Beyond Limits takes place on Saturday 19th October 2019 at Croke Park. Tickets are available at beyondlimits.ie.

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