Dundalk teen makes his dream become a virtual reality

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The mother of a teenager with autism, who received his CAO first-round offer of a place on Ireland’s first virtual reality degree course, is thrilled she ‘stuck to her guns’ in keeping him in mainstream education.Cian Clarke is ready to become one of the first pupils of the Augmented and Virtual Reality degree course at Dundalk Institute of Technology after he attained 321 points in his Leaving Certificate.The 18-year-old from Dundalk was told when he was just four years old that he had an IQ of 143 but exam pressures always made him struggle to show his true genius abilities.His mother Pauline decided with Cian to drop to ordinary level subjects to ensure he got the points needed for his first preference CAO choice.”When we were told of his IQ at four years of age, we thought wow, he will be able to do anything but it’s only when he got older that we realised how much the social element of life impacted on his ability,” she said.”He spent so much time at exams making sure the paper was straight or the lines were straight that he never had time to finish the exam. He always struggled …

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