Guidance Matters. Issue 3. Winter 2019. INHEF.

Steering Group INHEF

 

 

Guidance Matters is a bi-annual publication from the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE).

INHEF contributed a joint article which feature case studies from four INHEF member institutions offering inclusive education initiatives for students with intellectual disabilities across Ireland [Dublin City University, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Tralee IT and Limerick IT). 

Thanks to our contributing members. 

Dr Deirdre Corby, DCU Ability Project Lead, Dublin City University: deirdre.corby@dcu.ie

Martina Neylon, Course Leader, Limerick IT: martina.neylon@lit.ie

Dr Orla Slattery, Inclusion Coordinator, Mary Immaculate College: orla.slattery@mic.ul.ie

Dr Anne O’Byrne Lecturer in Inclusive Education (SEN). Mary Immaculate College: anne.obyrne@mic.ul.ie

Cait O’Leary Coordinator, Community Day Services, St. John of God, Kerry Services: cait.oleary@sjog.ie

 

 

 

 

College Awareness Week 2019 – Day #6 Maynooth University

Steering Group INHEF
Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizebeth Lyons.

College Awareness Week – Day #6 Maynooth University 

Inclusive Learning Initiative (Discontinued as of May 2018)

The ILI was an access route and support system for students with intellectual disabilities in Maynooth University. The ILI supported students to take mainstream modules across their chosen discpline on offer at Maynooth University. Students were supported to integrate into life as a University student at Maynooth – both academic and social life. As of May 2018, the ILI was discontinued due to the lack of sustainable funding models allocated to inclusive education initiatives in Ireland. (See here)

Below you will see a short documentary directed by, and starring, Michael Gannon – a graduate student of the ILI who was studying in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University and created this documentary about his college experience as a part of a module assessment. 

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College Awareness Week 2019 – Day #5 Technological University of Dublin, Tallaght Campus

Steering Group INHEF
Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizebeth Lyons.

College Awareness Week – Day #5 Technological University of Dublin, Tallaght Campus w/ WALK

Inclusive Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education

Course content is individualised.
Module choices and pathways for students have been based on individual strengths, capacity and interests.
This is a local arrangement between TU Dublin, Tallaght and WALK. 

The video below is one of 19 stories of social inclusion – a research project conducted by Inclusion Ireland. Mr Stephen Lyons tells his story about his college experience in Tallaght IT/TU Dublin. Mr Lyons also co-launched INHEF alongside Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. 

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College Awareness Week 2019 – Day #4 Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Steering Group INHEF
Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizebeth Lyons.

College Awareness Week – Day #4 Mary Immaculate College Limerick

General Learning and Personal Development

Since 2010, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick has offered a programme designed to support the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in Higher Education. This programme, the Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development (CGLPD), gives expression to the mission of the College and its commitment to social justice and enables the creation of a richly diverse learning community where the contribution of each person is valued. 

The main objectives of the programme are:
1. Like other college students, the learners will learn more about: communication techniques, working as part of a team, personal and interpersonal skills, social skills, personal awareness, independence, the world of work, self-advocacy, and assertiveness skills.
2. The programme will offer the learner an opportunity to participate in the social and leisure activities of college life: socialising with other students, participating in the gym and some sports.
3. Through their participation in classes, learners will develop confidentiality skills, memory skills, imagination and an understanding of other people’s lives.
4. In the different tutorials that learners attend, they will develop: academic, artistic, reasoning and problem-solving skills in PDP (Personal Development Plan) class, drama, maths, computer class, work skills, horticulture, creative studies and health promotion.
5. The overall objective of the programme—and the benchmark by which it will ultimately be measured—is that the learner, having completed the programme, will be better equipped to attain employment—and to maintain—employment.

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College Awareness Week 2019 – Day #3 Trinity College Dublin

Steering Group INHEF
Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizebeth Lyons.

College Awareness Week – Day #3 Trinity College Dublin w/ Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practise

The  2-year certificate course in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice is now aligned to Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This course has just been accredited by the University Council of Trinity College Dublin. This means that students will receive a formal Level 5 award upon graduating which will enable them to engage with the world of work.

In this video below, students from the ASIAP course scripted and stared in a video guide for students with intellectual disabilities using the library in Trinity College Dublin. 

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College Awareness Week 2019 – Day #2 Institute of Technology Tralee

Steering Group INHEF
Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizebeth Lyons.

College Awareness Week with INHEF – Day #2 Institute of Technology Tralee w/ St. John of God’s Services Kerry. 

Skills for Life Programme

The aim of the programme is to make each of our students as independent as possible and ready to make important life choices. Each participant follows their own individualised plan and is fully supported by staff to achieve their full potential. This is delivered through education, life skills training and work experience.

Over the past year, some new initiatives have been introduced, eg, Skills for Life participants are now involved in a Personal Training Programme which involves them working with the Health and Leisure students at the Institute on a one-to-one basis. They have a choice of activities including the gym and the pool.

SKILLS 4 LIFE

After many hours editing here is our new video. Thank you Tadhg Hayes for all your hard work.

Posted by Skills4life on Tuesday, 22 May 2018

 

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