Trin­ity award for cam­paigner Vi­vian

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

DIS­ABIL­ITY RIGHTS cam­paigner Vi­vian Rath from Kil­muck­ridge has re­ceived the Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin Post­grad­u­ate Equal­ity Cham­pion Award. Vi­vian is a PhD stu­dent in the School of Ed­u­ca­tion at Trin­ity and was recog­nised by the univer­sity for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to pro­mot­ing equal­ity both within and out­side the col­lege.

He has been ac­tively cam­paign­ing to im­prove ac­cess to em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

In May, his sem­i­nar on the pub­lic and po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in Ire­land high­lighted the bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pa­tion for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in Ir­ish so­ci­ety and be­gan a na­tional con­ver­sa­tion.

Vi­vian was re­cently ap­pointed to the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Stake­hold­ers Group by Min­is­ter for Dis­abil­ity Finian McGrath. This group has a key role in the mon­i­tor­ing of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­clu­sion Strat­egy.

Vi­vian is cur­rently re­search­ing the so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences of stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties in higher ed­u­ca­tion un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Pro­fes­sor Michael Shevlin. He is well known in Co. Wex­ford for his work to pro­mote equal­ity for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and his suc­cess­ful cam­paign to im­prove ac­cess to Gorey Garda Sta­tion.

Vi­vian Rath, sec­ond from right, with Trin­ity Grad­u­ate Stu­dents’ Union pres­i­dent Oisin Coul­ter, Vi­vian’s par­ents Pat and Kate Rath, and Trin­ity dean of grad­u­ate stud­ies Neville Cox out­side the 1937 Read­ing Room in Trin­ity’s Front Square.

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