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Online presentation – The road to employment: Trinity College’s programme for people with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Europe invites the team of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) to present what the centre is about and how it helps people with intellectual disabilities to find meaningful employment.

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) is situated within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. They provide a post-secondary University programme for students with intellectual disabilities.

The core mission of the TCPID is to address the significant educational and societal barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities by providing an innovative high-quality higher education programme, enabling the transition to meaningful employment and/or further education after graduation.

Real and meaningful employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities are transforming lives – the life of the person themselves, the lives of their families, the lives of the mentors and teams within the businesses and the lives of the wider community.

Having people of all abilities in the workplace helps to create a greater reflection of the world around us and helps to encourage greater inclusion in all aspects of society.

Marie Devitt (TCPID Employment Pathways Coordinator) and Hugo MacNeill (TCPID Ambassador) will give an overview of their innovative TCPID programme and their partnerships with businesses. Sadbh Feehan (TCPID Graduate Intern) will present about her own experiences, as a students in Trinity College Dublin and more recently as a graduate intern.

HEA Consultations

Following on from the in-person consultations with students and graduates with intellectual disabilities the Higher Education Authority (HEA) are holding online consultations on access to college for people with intellectual disabilities. Attached is information for circulation. The HEA would like to talk to people with intellectual disabilities who have NOT gone to college and parents and supporters of people with intellectual disabilities.

They have scheduled the following consultations. Please follow the link to register for the event.

People with intellectual disabilities who have not attended university/college
Date: 12th May at 10am (An additional session may be held at 11am)

Parents or supporters of students/graduates with intellectual disabilities
Date: May 9th at 5pm

Parents or supporters of people with intellectual disabilities who have not attended university/college
Date: May 10th at 5pm

Further information is available here

UDL International Symposium

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for addressing the educational needs of diverse and variable learners in many settings across many stages of life. The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. 

The purpose of this inaugural UDL International Conference is create an opportunity for those at all stages of their UDL journey to come together and share their learning.  We invite those using UDL in their practice, researchers, and experts across a variety of educational and inclusion settings to facilitate workshops where we can further develop our knowledge, understanding and practice of UDL.

This year’s symposium will be an in-person event, hosted by  Maynooth University on Thursday June 8 and Friday June 9 2023. 

UDL Conference 2023

Universal Design for Learning National Conference
Hosted by ATU in collaboration with MTU

DATE: Thursday, 1st June 2023
LOCATION: Hume Hall, ATU Sligo

Climbing the UDL Ladder: Building a Culture of Inclusion in Higher Education: “Overcoming Obstacles to Enhance and Sustain UDL Collaboration in Further and Higher Education”

This year, Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and Munster Technological University (MTU) have united to deliver a National UDL Conference.

The conference not only explores a whole Institute approach to UDL but draws on learning and reflection from the HEA Path 4 Phase 1 Project in which both Universities partnered on a work package considering leadership approaches to supporting UD.

With increased evidence available on the effectiveness of UDL creating a more inclusive environment across classrooms in Further & Higher Education, this year we explore UDL from three key perspectives: Leaders, academics, and student services.

Conference Details

Conference Themes:

I. UDL in Leadership: Opportunities and challenges in supporting sustainable inclusive learning in further and higher education.

Presenters will guide conference participants through an examination of development processes (be it evidenced or aspirational) recognising the importance of supports for programme teams when designing programmes of study that considers the variability of the student body. By promoting the empowerment of staff and learners, educational leaders can build cohesive and resilient learning environments that support sustainable inclusion.

II. Furthering UDL in the classroom: An academic perspective on overcoming obstacles.

Presentations will address alternative pathways to success which remove potential barriers making learning goals attainable. This discourse will consider a positive learning environment with flexibility built from the onset be it based in evidence or recommended, ensuring that flexibility, accessibility and learner voice and choice are built into all approaches to teaching and learning.

III. Empowering the inclusive student experience: Student Services approaches.

Presentations will showcase the promotion of removing barriers to education by student support services who are key players in this process. These presentations address a whole systems educational design as a driver in relation to student wellbeing. Innovative approaches to student support are most welcomed.

Inclusive Higher Education: A Growing Global Movement
Repost from Think College! 

Think College provides resources, technical assistance and training related to college options for students with intellectual disabilities, and manages the only national listing of college programs for students with intellectual disabilities in the United States.

They are a national technical assistance, research, and evaluation centre dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving higher education options for students with intellectual disabilities.

With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centred research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Read Meg Grigal’s reflections about a recent conference, the European State-of-the-Art Congress, and the growth of inclusive higher education in Europe.  

Meg Grigal is the Co-Director of Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMASS Boston.

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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