Council in drive to create inclusive delivery
Representatives from Government Departments, Health Trusts, neighbouring Councils, education sector and community groups have attended a Mid Ulster District Council Best Practice Accessibility and Inclusion event to see the Council’s latest investment in its inclusive service delivery, Cubbie, a leading neurodiverse modular technology.
Mid Ulster District Council recognises there are a growing number of people with additional sensory requirements across the Council area, and pledged in 2021 to meet the sensory accessibility needs of its residents. Following an extensive consultation process with interest groups, Cubbie, a leading neurodiverse modular technology company, was procured by the Council to set up a pilot project to assist in the Council’s drive to create an inclusive community.
The installation of Cubbie in Cookstown Leisure Centre was funded under the Department for Communities Access and Inclusion programme, the aim of which is promoting a more inclusive society by enabling people with additional sensory requirements to participate more fully in arts, cultural and active recreation activities.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Dominic Molloy welcoming those to the Best Practice event said,
A focus of a motion passed by Mid Ulster District Council in 2021 was to meet the sensory accessibility requirements of our neurodivergent customers of all ages and stages. It’s within that context that I am delighted that the Council has been able to purchase this unique piece of equipment via The Department for Communities’ Access and Inclusion funding. While we recognise that one size may not fit all, it is clear that inclusive practice should be common practice. Being able to facilitate other organisations joining us at this event to see how the Cubbie works in practice for us is key to embedding accessibility within Council services and throughout public service.”
Also presenting at the event, Cubbie CEO David McIntrye emphasised that, “Cubbie has become a market disrupter in the Neurodivergent sector and is helping public bodies and corporate bodies embrace the neurodiversity superpowers. Individuals are provided with the tools to manage their own needs without the staff intervention. Councils across Northern Ireland have an opportunity to step up and invest in untapped talent in the neurodivergent community. It is estimated that 20% of our future workforce will be from the neurodivergent community and will be part of the solution to rebuilding the economy.”
Cubbie is located in Cookstown Leisure Centre, Fountain Road, Cookstown and can be booked by contacting the Centre on 028 8676 3853. Group bookings are welcome.
For details on Cubbie, please contact Erin@cubbie.ie