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Launch: INHEF Strategic Plan 2022.


We are delighted to share the INHEF Strategic Plan 2022 ‘Inclusive Higher Education – The Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Policy Development ‘ which was launched by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris on 15th September 2022.

The goals of the Strategic Plan are across four key areas:
The launch comes at a very exciting time in Higher and Further Education in Ireland where the rights and needs of learners with intellectual disabilities are being recognised by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science with the launch of the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH 4) Fund.
A key ambition for the department is to ensure that we provide more opportunities in higher education for all, reflecting the diversity of our population, with inclusion as one of the core strategic goals. Touching on the importance of these initiatives and the introduction of the PATH 4 initiative, Minister Harris said
“The backdrop is the need to ensure that our higher education student body reflects the whole of society. We have limited provision in higher education for students with intellectual disabilities, in comparison to our schools or our further education training and as I have said, and suggested, and passionately believe – that must change!” 
He added,
“Our higher education institutions who have to endeavour to serve these students have to be commended as pathfinders in this space.”

Below, you will find recordings from the online launch event split into sections.

Part 1. Opening Address

Part 2. Ministerial Launch

Part 3. A Conversation with INHEF Graduates

Part 4. A Word of Support from Inclusion Ireland

Part 5. A Word of Support from the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Part 6. A Word of Support from AHEAD

Part 7. Closing Questions & Answers

Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice (CDIP)

Course Name

Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice

Course Provider

University College Cork


FETAC Level 6, Special Purpose Award

Attendance Options

One year, 2 days per week


Cork City

Awarding Body

University College Cork

Course Description

The Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice is for students who have already completed the Certificate in Contemporary Living, or the Certificate in Social Citizenship, or another equivalent programme.

The course aims to develop students’ presentation, communication and self-advocacy skills. Students will learn to:

  • Deliver training on disability-inclusive practices in education and professional settings
  • Review and respond to policies for disability inclusion
  • Audit spaces for the physical, social and cultural inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

A work placement is an important part of the course.

What Will I Be Studying?

Modules include:

  • Statutory frameworks for disability inclusion 
  • Finding and using your voice 
  • Presentation and communication skills 
  • Reviewing and auditing skills 
  • Employment and social enterprise: Internship 

How do I know if the course is for me?

  • Are you interested in the rights of people with intellectual disability (PWID)?
  • Would you like to be involved in educating people about how to include the ideas and voices of PWID?
  • Are you interested in telling policy makers your ideas about the laws and policies that affect PWID?
  • Would you like to work with others, doing research on issues affecting the lives of PWID?
  • Would you like to develop skills that might lead to work supporting professionals and people in different organisations about rights for PWID, and what that means for their work?

If you answered “YES” to these questions, then this course is for you!

Who to Contact

Dr. Mary Byrne

Project Manager


DCU Ability ‘Works for Me’ campus course

DCU’s current ‘Works for Me’ campus course is running between March 22nd and July 7th 2022.

DCU will be running another course between September 13th and December 15th 2022.

Please note that places are limited for this course. The closing date for applications is Friday, June 3rd 2022. 

DCU is holding a course information session for learners on Monday, May 30th at 12pm on Zoom. 

Please email the team if you are interested in attending.

What is the ‘Works for Me’ campus course?

Our ‘Works for Me’ campus-based course runs part-time for 14 weeks, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

The course includes two training periods and a 6-week part-time work placement with a DCU campus employer. 

Open Night: Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Open Night: Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development

This two-year lifelong learning programme is for people with intellectual disabilities.


Tuesday 26th April 2022

7 pm

T118 Tara Building

Programme Overview

The Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development (CGLPD) at Mary Immaculate College is a two-year programme for people with intellectual disabilities delivered in an inclusive third level setting. This course is devoted to the academic learning, personal growth and career development prospects of the student. The full development of each student’s potential, dignity and self-worth is embraced.

Information Evening, Tuesday 26 April

On Tuesday 26 April, Mary Immaculate College will host an in-person Information Session for those interested in the innovative Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development (CGLPD). If you think this programme may be of interest to you, a family member or service user, feel free to join us on Tuesday 26 April in T118 in the TARA Building at MIC Limerick at 7pm.

More information about who should attend and what to expect here.

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