Judo Assist Ireland is based in Ardcroney, Nenagh, and is a national and international inclusive/adaptive judo organization that promotes and develops inclusion projects all over the world.
We are currently involved in a number of EU funded research projects where we are determining the benefits of sport/physical activity for people with disabilities. One such project focuses specifically on the benefits of judo as a sport for people with autism.
Our group began working on an inclusion song project earlier this year with the aim of raising awareness of the importance and benefits of inclusion, diversity and acceptance in sport, at school and in the community.
We hired a promising young singer-songwriter, Jamie Lee Forde from Cloughjordan to help us write and record our song. Following the kids’ advice, we decided to make an accompanying video for our song.
First, we taught all the children how to sign the chorus of the song with the help of former student and local deaf man Patrick Collins.
This led to us recording the students at a number of tourist locations in Tipperary, singing and signing the song – we then added clips of actions from the students demonstrating some of their gymnastics and judo skills.
Under normal circumstances this would not be exceptional, but the fact that 85% of participating students have varying degrees of additional needs/challenges/autism – well, that makes this project “remarkable”.
Now that we have finally completed our inclusion song project, we want to share it with you and I hope you will want to share it with your readers. We are incredibly proud of all the students and volunteers who have helped make this project a reality and as you can see this is a real Tipperary affair. Here is the link to see this amazing song and video: https://youtu.be/XfqJgbScYNs.
Although not our primary focus, we have also attached a funding stream to the project through GoFundMe https://gofund.me/55bb21d4 to further develop our special school/autism programs.
If you like what you see and would like to donate, don’t hesitate, but more importantly, we would like you to share this information with as many people as possible, so that they too can benefit and embrace the experience.