Weekend Mornings with Louise McSharry on 2FM – Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Weekend mornings with Louise McSharry on RTÉ 2FM

Saturday 26th June 2021: Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The ‘Trinity Centre for People With Intellectual Disabilities‘ offers a new path through education and onsite work experience for people with intellectual disabilities. Professor Michael Shevlin is the Director of TCPID and joins Louise to explain their work. Stephen Ryan is a graduate of the program and spoke about being part of it. Professor Shevlin also spoke about the work of the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum (INHEF).

Inclusion Ireland Post School Options Webpage

Launch of Inclusion Ireland’s Post School Options Webpage by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

During the launch, you will find out more about this valuable resource which was developed after our recent successful Future Planning for People with an Intellectual Disability Webinar series.

The webpage gives useful information on Planning for life after school, further education and training, community supports and inclusion and employment.

Zoom Webinar on Wednesday 30th June 2 pm


For further information contact Petria Malone Inclusion Ireland, 086-8373454 or petria@inclusionireland.ie

INHEF @ IASSIDD Europe Congress 2021, 5th – 8th July 2021

Researchers, carers, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities meet and debate in a huge Amsterdam-based event, 5-8 July

This Amsterdam-based online conference of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD) will have over 800 prominent researchers from across Europe and the world meet to discuss the latest research on topics ranging from the huge impact of COVID-19 on these populations to everyday issues like education, work and family relationships. They will be joined in presentations, discussions and debates by parents, carers, policymakers and disabled people themselves.

There will be a symposium with presentations from the following INHEF members:

Three papers on different aspects of the DCU Ability Project.

Two papers from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID)

The ideas and practices being discussed at IASSIDD are of interest to anyone who works in fields like healthcare, care, disability support, education or family support—as well as to families and individuals who have a personal connection to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please contact us for more information, and to arrange interviews with IASSIDD staff or presenters. The full conference programme is now available online.

Webinar Series: Supporting Neuro-diverse Needs in the Early Childhood Setting by Hibernia College

Early Childhood Educator Online Webinar Series
Webinar 2: Supporting Neuro-diverse Needs in the Early Childhood Setting by Hibernia College
May 31st 7.30 p.m.- 8.30 p.m.
This webinar will support early childhood practitioners in their practice. Topics covered will include supporting communications and self-regulation.
The webinar will be presented by Dr Carol-Ann O’Síoráin. Carol-Ann is a member of INHEF and is leading the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Education Programme at Hibernia College.

Guidance to an Independent Adult Life


Published by the National Centre for Guidance in Education

In this article, Des Aston of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), provides an insightful reflection on Post-School Transitions for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the Republic of Ireland. Students with Special Educational Needs and in particular those with Intellectual Disabilities require a spectrum of additional supports to complete post-primary school and consider their own future education, career and life options. Recommendations within the report, referenced here, provide an opportunity for school management to consider their lead role and obligations under both the Education Act (1998) and the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004), where the benefits of a whole school inclusive ethos include co-operation and co-ordination between whole-school guidance and special education needs supports.

Major ‘transition planning’ for students with disabilities to progress to college. [via Irish Times, 20th May 2021]

Published in the Irish Times 20th May 2021. Marie O'Halloran

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has announced as a “major priority” transition planning for students with learning disabilities to move into further education and employment.

The project, to be completed by September, will also include a “mapping exercise” of existing facilities and examples of good practice for further and higher education.

A national access plan for students into further education after secondary school is also under way.

Mr Harris said in the Dáil that too often the “discussion is too narrow” for pupils with disabilities when they leave school.

“It’s around what health service are we going to provide somebody with post-school, not what would this person like to do, what skill would they like, what job would they like, what college would they like to go to,” he said.

“We’re narrowing the conversation and almost sometimes suggesting their educational journey must end when they leave school.”

He had met Down Syndrome Ireland and parents “who said that in some cases not only are they not seeing their child progress when they leave school but actually seeing their children regress”, Mr Harris said. “What a horrific thing for a parent to have to say.”

He stressed that there would be “transition planning, a mapping out of what is there and then a scaling up of it”.

Mr Harris told Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan that he would work with Ministers of State Josepha Madigan and Anne Rabbitte to develop the transition planning which will be presented to the Cabinet sub-committee in September.

The Minister said there were “some really good examples of good practice out there” including the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

“They’re taking students in with intellectual disabilities, straight from school and getting them into Trinity College,” from where they leave with an award and are linked with employment.

He also cited the National Learning Network in his Wicklow constituency which runs a number of programmes through its Rehab groups.

Rural access

Mr Moynihan said it was important to have development and a pathway for people right throughout the regions, pointing out that the Trinity access programme was centralised in urban area.

“You need to assess the needs in the community and how many people are falling through the cracks, because the system isn’t built enough to integrate them, to encourage them and to ensure that they can go on to education to the best of their ability.”

The Cork North-West TD also urged the Minister to “look at those who have been left behind heretofore as well as those into the future” to see if they can be rehabilitated.

Mr Harris said that while he cited Trinity College, there were similar programmes in other colleges, adding: “Why not in every other university across the country?

“We will use the education and training boards, colleges of further education, the higher education institutions. We’ll engage with disability stakeholders, we’ll link with the Department of Education. This transition planning is absolutely crucial.

“And we will get this done because this is a major, major priority for me, for my Department and for Government as a whole, and we’ll feed it into the development of the new national access projects.”

Mr Harris said they were “out to consultation” at the moment. He said that while they were hitting targets, he believed that was because the targets were set too low.

He added that he did not believe they were measuring enough types of disability.