Someone Like Me launch eventIn September we highlighted a new  Department of Justice and Equality sponsored competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating differences. On Thursday last, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  presented 12 year old Kerry  native, Bríd Courtney with this prestigious award at a special Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House’ Dublin.

The awards were the culmination of a new national essay competition, entitled ‘Someone Like Me”’ designed to promote and highlight positive attitudes towards disability in primary schools. The students in attendance last Thursday were shortlisted for their entries, which saw a mix of written and video essays, with many showcasing their own disabilities or those of their friends and families, all with a common theme of celebration.

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Watch a clip from “Someone Like Me” on the Irish Times

The Judging panel for the competition included Brent Pope, rugby analyst and author of many children’s books including Woody the Whale, The Wheezing Wolf, Bones, Arnold The Anteater and The Adventures of Herbie. He joined acclaimed Galway children’s author Deirdre Sullivan and a range of other judges to choose the national winner.

The overall winner Bríd Courtney a sixth class pupil in Ardfert NS,  with cerebral palsy, won with a video essay detailing her school life over the last number of years ands scripted by by her peers, In the video her classmates played TV news presenters, reporting from different events, linking all Bríd’s activities together.

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