Students at Deele College in Raphoe have signed up for a No Phone Survival Challenge to support children and adults with disabilities in Ireland.

On October 23, students from 103 schools all over the country will be taking part the Enable Ireland No Phone Survival Challenge, a fundraising campaign which sees students pledge to spend 24 hours without their phones.

This year, as part of the No Phone Survival Challenge, Enable Ireland are also offering schools the opportunity to earn an Enable Ireland Disability Awareness Shield with a four module lesson plan on Disability Awareness.

The lesson plans are tailor-made for teachers and provide a four-part educational module which will give students a full and interactive introduction to the reality of life with a disability.

The plans are perfect for classes of any age, but especially useful for Transition Year Students and C.S.P.E. curriculums.

Most importantly, every school that completes the Disability Awareness Lesson Plan will qualify for a unique Enable Ireland Disability Awareness Shield.

Tara Friel, Wellbeing Coordinator at Deele College said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the No Phone Survival Challenge, and to be raising funds to support disability services.

“Disability awareness and inclusion is hugely important to our school, and achieving the Disability Awareness Shield will really demonstrate that.”

Joanne O’Hagan, Head of Fundraising at Enable Ireland, said: “We are delighted that students at Deele College are taking on the challenge, along with over a hundred schools all over Ireland.

“The funds raised are vital-every year we need over €2 million in additional funding to meet the costs of delivering our services.

“As well as raising vital funds, it’s a great opportunity to promote disability awareness and inclusion, and teachers and students alike have welcomed the opportunity to earn a Disability Awareness Shield for their school.”

Money raised from the No Phone Survival Challenge will be used to support services to children and adults with disabilities.

Enable Ireland provides services to over 7,500 children and adults with disabilities from over 40 locations in 14 counties.

Schools who wish to register for the No Phones Survival Challenge, or would like more information on the Disability Awareness Shield, should email[email protected] or call 01 885 7152  for details.

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