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Identifying Employment Opportunities and Programmes for People with Intellectual Disability in the Republic of Ireland

TCPID launch new report on Identifying Employment Opportunities and Programmes for People with Intellectual Disability in the Republic of Ireland

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities has launched a new report on Identifying Employment Opportunities and Programmes for People with Intellectual Disability in the Republic of Ireland

This report has been designed to document the current employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and evaluates the success or otherwise of the many initiatives developed to enhance employment prospects for this marginalised cohort within Irish society. The report examines the challenges experienced by this cohort in accessing meaningful employment and how these barriers have been addressed through a series of Government and voluntary initiatives. Current Government management of facilitating employment opportunities for people who have an intellectual disability is reviewed. An analysis of the economic benefits to the State of enabling these people to be gainfully employed has also been prepared by Nick Davis, a contributor to the report. Based on the evidence gathered in this report, a series of recommendations are proposed.

Professor Michael Shevlin, Director of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities said,

“ We all know that young people with intellectual disabilities experience great difficulties in accessing meaningful employment. This report highlights that despite significant government investment, employment rates for these young people remain stubbornly low. Recommendations from this report, if implemented, can begin to address this situation.

Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner of EY Ireland said,

Our experience of working with the TCPID has contributed significantly to our people experience while positively supporting our inclusive culture, ensuring that we can continue to deliver exceptional services to our clients through diverse teams. This report provides a valuable insight into the supports that are available to employers and parents/carers. It is a game-changer in creating opportunities for graduates and persons with intellectual disabilities.”

DCU Ability ‘Works for Me’ campus course

The DCU Ability ‘Works for Me’ campus course runs on DCU Glasnevin campus part-time over 16 weeks, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm.
 
Our next course will run between March 22nd and July 7th 2022.
 
This course is for young adults with intellectual disabilities, who may have limited work experience, and who would like to take their first steps towards employment. 

Collaborating for Inclusion: A National Forum of Inclusive Higher Education Providers. AHEAD Journal. Issue 13. Winter 2021.

INHEF are delighted to have our article published in the AHEAD Journal, December 2021 [ISSN 2009-8286]

“Collaborating for Inclusion: A National Forum of inclusive Higher Education Providers” demonstrates the creation of a national forum of inclusive higher education providers (INHEF) which seeks to collaboratively address the systematic barriers faced by people with ID in post-secondary education and articulate a shared vision of inclusive higher education provision informed by a rights-based perspective.

 

 

 

Authors

Des Aston

National & Schools Coordinator, Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Dr Órla Slattery

CGLPD course director and inclusion coordinator for adults with ID, MIC

Prof. Máire Leane

Head of School of Applied Social Studies, UCC

TCD Open Days 2022-2024

Open Days for students with intellectual disabilities wishing to begin their studies with TCPID in September 2022

Trinity College Dublin Virtual Open Day

Saturday, November 6th 2021 10 am to 4 pm

The Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice (ASIAP) will be included in the Trinity College Dublin Undergraduate Virtual Open Day 2021 on Saturday, November 6th 2021 between 10 am and 4 pm. There will be a presentation of the ASIAP course and a live Questions and Answers facility where you can ask questions about the course. Staff from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities will be available to answer your questions throughout the day.

Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities Open Day

Early 2022

In early 2022, the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities will host a specific Open Day to present information on the Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Practice (ASIAP), as well as the other offerings from TCPID, such as the TCPID Work Placements; Business Partner Workshop Series; Graduate Internship Programme.

Inclusive Education Pathways for Students with Intellectual Disabilities at UCC

Students with intellectual disabilities are set to benefit from major new funding secured by UCC.

The €1m award from the Higher Education Authority recognises the impact of the university’s innovative work in the field of inclusive education, and its efforts to open higher education to students with intellectual disabilities.

UCC’s achievements in challenging deficit-focused perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities were profiled in an Impact Case Study reviewed by a panel of international experts.

The Certificate in Contemporary Living was established as a pilot project supported by the Brothers of Charity, Cope Foundation and Enable Ireland.

It was designed to meet the needs for non-segregated, inclusive post-secondary education for people with intellectual disabilities and was recognised as a model of good practice.

Welcoming the award President John O’Halloran reiterated UCC’s commitment to serving the community “through the provision of educational opportunities for students from a diversity of backgrounds.”

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