Universal Access Programme
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark has engaged with the Brothers of Charity, Ennis and local walking and heritage guide Tony Kirby to run a pilot project to open up the Burren landscape for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
4 students from the Brothers of Charity, together with their support staff and heritage guide Tony Kirby, visited 7 locations throughout the Burren to test the level of accessibility and to create a template for heritage education for adults with both intellectual and physical disabilities.
Carol Gleeson (Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark), Tony Kirby and Moureen Kelly (Brothers of Charity) created a teaching pack for this pilot that led to the students having an experience that to date has not been available for people with disabilities. This is the first stage of a universal access programme that the Brothers of Charity, The Geopark and Tony Kirby will develop to create an accessible programme across the Geopark region.
The pilot has clearly demonstrated that heritage education can be tailored and delivered successfully in bespoke programmes yet still fulfilling the universal learning and experiences available to us all. Working with small groups of students in a targeted and tailored manner ensures the outcomes are always learner focused. The pilot project has also identified a number of locations that can be easily accessed by people with disabilities.
The pilot teaching pack will be developed into a suitable training aid for guides and teachers who want to work with people with physical and intellectual disabilities in the landscape.
Tailor-made itineraries and programmes are to be created for small groups who wish to engage with the identified locations as learning spaces.
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