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Thursday 18 September 2014

Luke and Aoife's college dreams come true

Published 09/08/2014 | 12:00

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Aoife Hurley proudly shows off her certificate alongside Brian Miller of the HSE, her mum Ester Hurley, and Laura Keane from Rehab

Two County Wicklow students with physical and sensory disabilities have had their dream of doing a college course come true.

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Luke Sterling from Bray and Aoife Hurley from Arklow were able to make the move into third level education through RehabCare's New Horizons service.

Both Luke and Aoife joined mainstream courses in UCD and studied an area of personal interest to them.

For Luke, this was The First World War 1914-1918 while Aoife focused her attentions on Dublin: One City One Book.

They returned to UCD last week for a special ceremony where they received certificates of participation.

New Horizons is an educational and recreational centre which caters for school leavers with physical and sensory disabilities. The service recognises the social and educational value in young adults accessing mainstream community education resources.

Speaking at the ceremony, Luke said 'It was very interesting. It was a great learning curve between what I was used to and third level.'

The experience was also of huge benefit to fellow student Aoife who said 'I really enjoyed the experience of going to college, and now graduating, like my sister Helen.'

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