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!”
“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.