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Digi-ID PLUS: Christmas Event!

What is Digi-ID PLUS?

Digi-ID PLUS is an EIT Health multidisciplinary user-centered EU innovation project led by P. I. Dr. Esther Murphy Trinity College Dublin, along with EU partners in Sweden, France, and the Netherlands and Technology partner wayToB (2021), with new partners from Spain and Croatia joining in 2022.

At the heart of the project is an authentic user-centered and led design process. Embedded within the project team is our Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP), individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and accessibility needs who are paid experts by experience users passionate about using technology to enhance their quality of life.

Digi-ID PLUS: Christmas Event!

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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

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.

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.”

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