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Helen Rochford Brennan participates in “Don’t Judge” project

Thursday 22 June 2017

It was all systems go for the 5th and 6th Class’ wonderful Junior Entrepreneur “Don’t Judge” project at St Attracta’s National School, Charlestown, Mayo, Ireland.

The key note speakers were myself discussing disability and dementia and Freya O’Hora - a Leaving Cert student who has written books on Autism. It was great to share our personal stories along with some fantastic courageous children in the school.

The children and staff were so welcoming especially Ms McDonagh who worked with the children on the project.

As an advocate it’s important I try to educate children on the illness, thereby creating awareness. They are the ones who will help remove stigma. We must start with children at Primary level as people are being diagnosed younger.

It was the most wonderful experience for me and the children were so engaging. These children are our future leaders and I have no doubt they will change the world’s view on dementia and disability, they took the initiative to get the conversation started.

Believe me, this was a project with a difference!