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    first_img‘Moving On’ is a DVD of very significant short films, cartoons and documentaries devised and produced by young people with physical disabilities from all over Donegal.The DVD was launched as part of “One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month 2011″ by Mr Jim McGuiness, Manager of the Donegal Senior Football Team.The DVD highlights the capabilities and strengths of project participants and to enable the community to become more open and accepting of diversity and change. Through the magic medium of film, these future Spielbergs have been able to have their say about everything, from using their strengths, refusal to allow barriers to stand in their way, and dealing with every day challenges that face young people. Expect the unexpected, from a wrestling film, a quirky animation about aliens, to a very poignant short documentary.Amanda Doyle, Keyworker for Children, HSE Donegal Physical and Sensory Disabilities services led the “Moving On” project. She noted, “It was the motivation and the ability of the participants to think outside the box that led to the success of the project. Those involved are positive role models and advocates for all in communities that face diversity and challenges in their daily lives. They are truly inspirational!”“The ‘Moving On’ project gave opportunity to the participants to enhance personal development skills such as confidence, assertiveness and increasing their self esteem. It also enabled all the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, positive decision making and conflict resolution skills. The project was also a way of building new friendships, establishing peer support and most importantly, having fun.”The DVDs will be distributed to schools, community and youth groups and other relevant organisations for use as part of disability awareness training. For more information, please contact Amanda Doyle at 087 9912679 or [email protected] LAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HSELAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

  • Federal student loan program doesnt need more regulations Baker Institute expert says

    first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share1EXPERT ALERTJeff [email protected] student loan program doesn’t need more regulations, Baker Institute expert says HOUSTON – (June 27, 2019) – Student loans and student loan debt are a hot topic ahead of the 2020 presidential election. More regulations would only make the existing federal student loan programs more complicated, according to an expert in the Center for Public Finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityJoyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance, said the federal government and Congress should focus on simplifying and consolidating existing programs. She outlined her insights in a report, “The Current Student Loan Landscape and Recent Developments,” and is available to discuss the issue with the news media.At the end of 2017, 44 million Americans collectively owed $1.4 trillion on student loans, according to Beebe’s report.“Although the statistics vary slightly across different data sources based on student loan providers, the vast majority are federal student loans,” she wrote. “Most of the $1.4 trillion balance was accumulated within the last decade; according to a study by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Education, the student loan balance was $687 billion at the end of fiscal year 2009, which means the outstanding loan balance has essentially doubled since the financial crisis.”Around the last quarter of 2009, student loans also surpassed auto loans and credit card debt as the second-largest household debt for American families, exceeded only by home mortgages, Beebe said. In the 2015-2016 academic year, 37% of undergraduate students used federal student loan programs to borrow an average of $19,000, a Congressional Budget Office study concluded. Graduate students amassed much more debt, the CBO reported, with 40% of grad students borrowing an average of $63,000 (including what they borrowed during their undergraduate years).Beebe’s study focuses on federal student loan programs. State and local government financial aid and the causes of increasing college expenses are beyond the scope of her report.“We do not need more regulations to make the existing federal student loan programs more complicated,” Beebe concluded. “Instead, the effort should focus on simplifying and consolidating existing programs. Overly generous programs such as the PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program) need to be tightened to avoid disproportionally benefiting higher income groups. Furthermore, students and their families are more likely to make good decisions if they are better informed about the costs and benefits of college education, including options for financial aid, employment prospects, risks, potential debts and repayment responsibilities.”From the government’s perspective, because borrowers with certain characteristics may have higher risks of default, there may be a need for policies that focus on addressing obstacles these borrowers encounter or difficulties that prevent them from making informed decisions, Beebe said. “These policies will lead to positive outcomes in terms of increased government revenue, manageable amounts of loans and ideal levels of students’ education investment,” she wrote.For more information or to schedule an interview with Beebe, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute’s Center for Public Finance via Twitter @Baker_CPF.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Report: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/f34ecd01/bi-report-121418-cpf-studentloans.pdfBeebe biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/joyce-beebeBaker Institute Center for Public Finance: www.bakerinstitute.org/center-for-public-finance.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14333.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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