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Bríd is all smiles as she scoops the top prize in competition

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Bríd Courtney
Bríd Courtney

Kerry girl Bríd Courtney was all smiles yesterday after scooping the top prize in a national competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in primary schools.

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Ardfert National School pupil Bríd (12) - who has cerebral palsy and communicates using an iPad - enlisted the help of her pals in sixth class to make a video essay about her everyday life as part of the 'Someone Like Me' government initiative.

Speaking at the awards ceremony at Farmleigh House, Bríd's proud mother Deirdre said: "Bríd has had eight great years at primary school. They have been very inclusive. It's wonderful."

Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin presented the winner with €10,000 worth of computer equipment for her school.

"It is so important to teach children from a young age to respect themselves and how unique they are and also to respect the uniqueness of the people around them," Mr Ó Riordáin said.

Irish Independent

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