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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College Awareness Week 2019 – Day #1 Limerick Institute of Technology

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

College Awareness Week with INHEF: Day #1 Limerick Institute of Technology

Advocacy Leadership and Independent Living

This programme aims to assist people with intellectual disability to take control of their lives by developing their knowledge and understanding of advocacy and leadership. It aims to develop participants’ ability to make choices based on their understanding of rights. The overarching aim of the programme is to enhance people’s independent living skills. 

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Better Options 2019 [AHEAD]

Steering Group INHEF

Date:  18th November 2019

Time: 10.00am-13.00pm

Venue: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Ave, Clontarf, Dublin, D09 R232

Fee: It’s free (also no registration needed)

Better Options is a college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties will take place in The Marino Institute of Education, Clontarf, Dublin from 10.00am-13.00pm. 

This college fair is an ideal event for students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options.  Attendees are able to talk to staff from college support services to gather key information about courses and access routes open to those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, including how to make an application to DARE- Disability Access Route to Education. Colleges nationwide are represented in the exhibition hall and talks run concurrently, covering topics such as DARE and some key preparatory tips for entering college. 

Any queries please feel free to contact Christine at Christine.hynes@ahead.ie or call us on 01 716 4397.

This event is being run by AHEAD and has no affilitation with INHEF.

 

 

More Information on AHEAD’s Website

 

INHEF Launch

Steering Group INHEF

(Back row: left to right) Dr Deirdre Corby [DCU], Dr Carmel Toff Andersen [DCU], Ms Martina Neylon [LIT], Dr Máire Leane [UCC], Ms Edel Lynn [AIT], Dr Orla Slattery [MIC], Dr Sinéad Foran [WIT], Ms Gina Grant [Donegal ETB Board Member]

(Front row: left to right) Trinity College Provost Patrick Prendergast, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mr Stephen Lyons [Graduate TU Dublin], Mr Des Aston [TCD], Dr Anne O’Byrne [MIC], Prof. Michael Shevlin [TCD]

Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizebeth Lyons.

(Left to right) Mr Ciaran Bulman, Mr Stephen Lyons, Ms Elizabeth Lyons.

The Inclusive National Higher Education Forum [INHEF] was launched in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, 10th October 2019. INHEF is Ireland’s first national forum dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion amongst inclusive higher education providers by the development of post-secondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.

A report, titled ‘Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the Republic of Ireland – A National Response’, was co-launched by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, alongside graduating digital media student from TU Dublin, Tallaght, Mr Stephen Lyons.

The INHEF notes that people with intellectual disabilities have been largely absent from higher education in Ireland, despite increasing numbers now attending mainstream secondary schools, which they argue has led to higher levels of underemployment and unemployment among this group.

In 2014 there were 16 such courses, running in 16 colleges throughout the country. However, by 2019 that number had fallen to just 10 inclusive education initiatives, catering for 106 students in total.

The report highlights a lack of funding for resources that support people with intellectual disabilities in accessing higher education. Transition pathways to post-secondary provision for these students are often ad-hoc and making the progression to post-school educational provision relies heavily on the capacity of families.

The report calls for a national response to support people with intellectual disabilities transitioning from secondary education into further and higher education or employment.

At the launch Minister Mitchell O’Connor stated: “The ten higher education institutions offering special options for people with intellectual disabilities are enriching the lives and prospects of students and their families. I look forward to future engagement with the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum on the report and its findings. I am very pleased that there has already been constructive discussions with officials from my Department and SOLAS.”

“For far too long, people with intellectual disabilities have been excluded from the same opportunities as their peers. We now have evidence they want to avail of the educational and employment opportunities that will enable them to lead independent lives” said Mr Des Aston, Chair of the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum and National and Schools Coordinator at Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He added, “Already, across Ireland, we have exemplars of how higher education can engage in enabling people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their lifelong goals.”

Mr Stephen Lyons who has recently achieved a level 8 minor award in digital media from TU Dublin, Tallaght spoke about his experience of going to college “I couldn’t get a job, all doors were closed, until I got through the door of college”. Mr Lyons spoke passionately encouraging other students with intellectual disabilities to advocate for the same opportunities as their peers. “You’re on your own journey but you have to go a bit of a distance, everybody is equal!”.

The vision of INHEF is to embed inclusive education initiatives and alternative access routes into the higher education landscape in the Republic of Ireland so that students with intellectual disabilities have meaningful post-secondary educational opportunities available to them. The INHEF are calling for partners in Government, higher and further education, and the employers’ community to help to achieve their goals.

INHEF have launched a new website which includes essential information on all 10 inclusive education initiatives that are accessible for students with intellectual disabilities across Ireland.

Contact details for INHEF are in the Contact Page of this website.

Stephen Lyons and 19 Stories of Social Inclusion

Stephen Lyons and 19 Stories of Social Inclusion

Stephen Lyons co-launched the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum in Trinity College on the 10th October 2019. Stephen started his presentation by telling the audience that when he was born, the doctor turned to his mother and said “one day he’ll be famous”. Stephen said that this was true as he has now graduated with a degree from Tallagh Institute of Technology. He studied Creative Digital Media there with the support of Ciarán from WALK.

At the launch Stephen spoke about his experiences in college and the value of a third level education to him. His story was previously documented in ’19 Stories of Social Inclusion’, a project funded by the National Disability Authority and managed by Trinity College and Inclusion Ireland. 

The stories capture the diverse ways that people with disabilities belong and contribute to their communities. 19 stories were chosen to highlight Article 19 of the UNCRPD, the right to live independently and be included in the community – a key underpinning of social inclusion for people with disabilities. 

You can see all 19 stories of social inclusion on Inclusion Ireland’s website.

You can also read the report on the project here, ‘19 Stories of Social Inclusion – Ireland: Stories of Belonging, Contributing an Connecting’