Think Integration, Think Inclusion this week – DIT Disability Awareness week

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23rd February 2011

Think Inclusion, Think Integration is a week-long programme of events hosted by DIT Sign Language Society and designed to raise awareness of disability issues. 

According to the Sign Language Committee, “The aim of the week is to challenge perceptions about disability and to provide opportunities for students to learn to see the person before the disability and to understand that within disability there are more possibilities than limitations. We have a wide range of activities planned from sports matches between DIT Sports teams and Deaf Sports Association teams, a disability dance workshop, a poker night through Irish Sign Language, to talks in various areas of disability. We are delighted that Caroline Casey from the Kanchi Foundation will be launching the week’s events with a talk on Monday at 1pm in Aungier St.” 

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Students and staff from DIT Clubs and Societies including - DIT Sign Society, DIT Dance Society, DIT Engineering Society, DIT Business and Marketing Society, DIT Nutrition Society, DIT Poker Society and DIT Waterpolo Club, at the launch of DIT Disability Awareness week on Friday, 25th February

The DIT Sign Language Society, in association with the Business and Marketing (BAM) Society, has organized a special talk by Social Entrepreneur and Business Woman Caroline Casey. This event is part of Sign Language Societies Disability Awareness week

Caroline Casey is the founding CEO of Kanchi (formerly The Aisling Foundation) and the O2 Ability Awards and is also an international speaker and adventurer. A social entrepreneur, Caroline sits on the board of several government, business and not-for-profit organisations.

Since setting up The Aisling Foundation in 2000, with the aim of enhancing the relationship between disability and society, Caroline has received many awards in recognition of her work worldwide. She was the first Irish person to be appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from National University of Ireland in the same year.  In 2006 she also became the first Ashoka fellow from Ireland and the UK and received the Eisenhower Fellowship. In 2007, Caroline was invited back to the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she presented on a variety of issues relating to the area of disability.  International interest in the O2 Ability Awards, which were launched in 2004, will see them replicated in Spain later this year, through O2's parent company Telefonica.

Caroline is an energetic and compelling speaker on areas such as leadership, management, motivational, social entrepreneurship.  All are welcome to attend this special event as part of “Think Integration, Think Inclusion – DIT Disability Awareness Week.

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students and staff from DIT Clubs and Societies including - DIT Sign Society, DIT Dance Society, DIT Engineering Society, DIT Business and Marketing Society, DIT Nutrition Society, DIT Poker Society and DIT Waterpolo Club

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