Blossom Ireland has won an AONTAS STAR Award 2021 for My Blossom Channel Assertiveness Course – Ireland’s first online blended learning course for young people with intellectual disabilities in the Mitigating Educational Disadvantage through Innovation (during COVID-19) category.
“It’s critically important that young people with Intellectual Disabilities are not left behind during Covid and our platform ensures they can learn online and gain vital skills to empower themselves to be as independent as possible in life.” Imelda Fitzpatrick, Blossom Ireland Programme Director,
Imelda and the team have worked extraordinarily hard since the summer to change our entire model to provide online course in a national lockdown. Winning an Aontas STAR Award is such a great seal of approval for My Blossom Channel and for the team. We have currently 34 young people enrolled doing the Assertiveness Course and more courses will be available during the summer.
We applied to the Aontas Star Award at the end of last year and were delighted to be among the shortlisted organisations. Oscar and Dylan are two participants from our first pilot who pitched with Imelda and Maja to the Jury and represented the voice of the learners. As you can see on the pictures they are as proud as we are for Blossom Ireland!
“I met new friends, felt very comfortable and welcomed. Thanks to the course, I’ve learned about my strengths – I’m calm and understanding and I have courage even when I’m nervous.” Feedback from Participant to the Assertiveness Course in January 2021
My Blossom Channel allows young people with intellectual disabilities from across Ireland to avail of the valuable skills training courses from the Blossom Personal Empowerment Programme®– something young people in Dublin have done since 2016. The skills range from social skills, community life skills and preparing for life after school. My Blossom Channel is an innovative way of delivering Blossom Ireland’s programme through a blend of online learning activities, weekly video challenges and weekly group meet-ups. It uses engaging graphics, video, audio and games to make it fully accessible to non-readers and those with limited means of communication – something unique in the online learning space.
Currently, there are over 7,000 young people ages between 15 to 19 with an intellectual disability. We aim to work with 1 in 10 young people by 2023 through the delivery of the Personal Empowerment Programme®.
If you want to help us reach 1 in 10 young people with intellectual disabilities by 2023 you can donate today!