MOTE: My Opinion My Vote

My Opinion, My Vote (MOTE) is a European Project which aims to empower people with learning disabilities through active citizenship and participation in political elections.

It is a two year course that runs one day a week.

The students are taught about the political process and how their opinion, vote and involvement in politics matter. Among the many topics that are covered are local government, referenda and the process of elections.

Students are educated about their political rights and encouraged to form and express an informed opinion and decision during local, national and European elections and referenda.

The aim is to encourage people with learning difficulties to actively engage with the political decisions that will ultimately affect them.

What areas/subjects does the programme cover?

The programme covers 10 units:

Unit 1: Forming a Personal and Independent Opinion

Unit 2: What is Politics?

Unit 3: Delegation and Representation

Unit 4: Participation in Associations, political parties and trade unions

Unit 5: Political Parties and Electoral Programmes

Unit 6: Voting Procedures, Electoral Lists

Unit 7: Local Public Authority

Unit 8: National Authority: Parliament/Government

Unit 9: What is Europe?

Unit 10: Referendum

Are there any requirements for the programme?

There is no minimum literacy requirement to begin this course and all levels including emergent learners are catered for. There is a maximum class size of sixteen students. Traditionally students who have studied the Latch-On programme progress to MOTE but completion of Latch On is not an entry requirement for the MOTE programme.

 Where is the programme taught?

In September 2018, the MOTE programme will run in the following branches:

Kerry

Dublin

Waterford

Meath

More locations may be added. Please contact Lisa Martin at lisamartin@downsyndrome.ie for more details.

When does the programme begin?

The programme begins mid-September 2018. Please contact Lisa Martin, Adult Education Officer at lisamartin@downsyndrome.ie.

Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact Lisa Martin, Adult Education Officer.