Lucy Oliveri, age 15
“Lucy is a really active girl, involved in lots of different clubs and sports. Lucy is a member of the the Special Olympics Swimming Club The Phoenix Lasers, based in Coolmine, training every Sunday. Club 15 on Saturdays playing sports and gymnastics. Lucy is a member of Navan Kempo, where she will shortly be testing to get her next belt, she trains twice a week. Lucy loves adventures, meeting with her friends and family, experimenting with Make Up and Clothes and going to concerts, she’s been to Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan and going to Little Mix next! Lucy has a twin brother Alex, is in Senior 2 and is looking forward to going to college and learning to drive.” Mum, Orla O’Neill
Lucy’s Visit to Trinity College
What Lucy’s Mum had to say…
“That program sounds brilliant. It was fantastic to see that there is a University Course available to our Children with proper supports in place to help gain real jobs at the end. Lucy can and hopefully will be a real College Student and is going to work towards that and is excited about the future which is lovely to see”.
What Trinity College had to say….
“It was an absolute pleasure to meet Lucy and her family and to spend time touring the campus together. It is encouraging to hear that more and more people with intellectual disabilities are thinking about going to University and are planning for this. It’s important that a greater range of options are developed across the third level sector around the entire country. I hope Lucy gets to fullfil her dream” Dr. Mary-Ann O’Donovan, Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability and Inclusion at TCPID
We would like to say a huge thank you to Dr Mary-Ann O’Donovan and all at Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) for all their support and for facilitating a fantastic visit and tour for Lucy and her family.
Mei Lin Yap is a Graduate of Trinity College Dublin, you can read her story here