20 September 2014

Ministers Fitzgerald visits NCBI Solas Early Learning Centre, Clondalkin

with Aoibhinn Breslin & her mum Caitriona
Local TD Frances Fitzgerald paid a visit to the National Council for the Blind (NCBI) Solas Early Learning Centre, Clondalkin on Friday 19th September, meeting students, staff, parents and NCBI management to discuss the “great work being done to support the educational needs of children with sight loss and visual impairment”.

The Solas Early Learning Centre has been open since 2003. What started out as an activity room and a computer room now includes a state-of-the-art multi-sensory room and a garden with a sensory area and climbing apparatus. The programmes provided by NCBI at the centre, and through its work with children nationally, facilitate each child’s individual needs, focusing on daily living, learning and play, all designed to encourage independence.

Minister Fitzgerald said:

“I was most favourably impressed by the range of activities, supports and equipment available to students at the Solas Centre. Meeting with the Centre staff and NCBI officials gave a thorough overview of the education on offer and how their programmes have been designed, while a wide-ranging discussion with parents really emphasised how valuable this has been for their children’s development.

“I commend Margaret and her colleagues for the vital service they provide, and will work with them to ensure that their efforts are supported wherever possible.