Beyond Limits is an event hosted by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office for children and young people with disabilities, showing them the opportunities open to them, talking about the issues they want to talk about and highlighting inclusiveness.
This year, we have two fantastic events taking place in Sligo (Atlantic Technological University Sligo) on October 1 and Limerick (University of Limerick) on October 15.
We’ll hear from a range of young people with disabilities about their experiences, achievements and hopes for young people with disabilities growing up in Ireland.
We’ll also be joined by various groups and organisations from across the country that cater to everyone’s needs and will offer workshops and tasters into their work; including the IRFU, Gymnastics Ireland, the GAA and more!
Beyond Limits is not just an event. . We want to generate a conversation about disability and how it affects young people in Ireland. We want to show others how they can include children with disabilities on a large scale and we want to leave behind a lasting legacy that promotes inclusion on all levels.
“Loved the variety of speakers. Amazing variety of activities during break times”
“I liked how the kids/children were heavily involved it wasn't all adults speaking to adults”
“It was amazing to hear directly from all the children and young people with disabilities who have achieved so much, it was inspirational. It was great that the event was so inclusive and accessible.”
“Very family friendly for all ages, entertainment was really good.”
“The event was very relaxed, inclusive and entertaining”
“Excellent opportunity for people with disabilities and even those without, creating awareness, listening to the journeys, experiences and stories. Please make this an annual event!”
“It was family oriented and not just for the individual with the disability.”
To help us organise Beyond Limits, we have created a Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) of eight young people of all abilities.
They advise us on how they want the event to be run, who they want to see, and what activities should be available to young people.
We meet with our YAP every month to update them on our progress and make sure they have their say in Beyond Limits 2022.
Many of our YAP members will be taking to the stage for Beyond Limits to tell their story of living with a disability as a young person in Ireland.