Ziad, a Real Life Training (RLT) participant, has been supported on his journey towards third level education. The development of an Inclusive Learning Initiative in partnership with IT, Tallaght
is supporting Ziad to develop and realise exciting and ambitious career ambitions. Ziad set up the IT Tallaght DJ society when he entered his second year in college.
“Before college, I looked at the Tallaght IT website and the different courses with my keyworker. I wanted to do Creative Digital Media because it is about audio, tech and being creative. I wanted to go to college like my sister did. I get the LUAS straight up to college. I’d been there (to the college) a few times beforehand. In college I’ve learnt to use the radio and mixing equipment and about circuits. I got help from David and Hannah (Work Placement Students). They helped me a bit with the reading and writing in Learning to Learn, and in AV Tech – with all the circuits and learning about logic and binary. I’ve been doing audio recordings to help me to learn. I met the Learning Support Officer (Geraldine) in college. She mentioned about the audio recording, and that it might be easier to put the theorems on paper and sticking them in each corner of the wall in your room and then when you’re in the exam think of those corners. The college Tutors are good – I am enjoying college".
Hannah is Ziad’s Work Placement Support from IT, Tallaght.
She said, "supporting Ziad in college has been such a positive and rewarding experience for me as a student on placement. Being involved in supporting Ziad in class also gave me the opportunity to observe the learning experience Ziad was having and how amazing it was to see him progressing each week. You could see how well suited he was to the course and the passion he had for it. Looking through Ziad’s student profile showed how he is an audio learner. We came up with a Universal Designed method of learning for Ziad where we recorded his study period and he could listen to these whenever he likes. This has been a great success. Ziad having this extra bit of support has helped him with the preparation of his exams and I see him doing so well in the future".