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Collaborating for Inclusion: A National Forum of Inclusive Higher Education Providers. AHEAD Journal. Issue 13. Winter 2021.

INHEF are delighted to have our article published in the AHEAD Journal, December 2021 [ISSN 2009-8286]

“Collaborating for Inclusion: A National Forum of inclusive Higher Education Providers” demonstrates the creation of a national forum of inclusive higher education providers (INHEF) which seeks to collaboratively address the systematic barriers faced by people with ID in post-secondary education and articulate a shared vision of inclusive higher education provision informed by a rights-based perspective.





Des Aston

National & Schools Coordinator, Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Dr Órla Slattery

CGLPD course director and inclusion coordinator for adults with ID, MIC

Prof. Máire Leane

Head of School of Applied Social Studies, UCC

TCD Open Days 2022-2024

Open Days for students with intellectual disabilities wishing to begin their studies with TCPID in September 2022

Trinity College Dublin Virtual Open Day

Saturday, November 6th 2021 10 am to 4 pm

The Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice (ASIAP) will be included in the Trinity College Dublin Undergraduate Virtual Open Day 2021 on Saturday, November 6th 2021 between 10 am and 4 pm. There will be a presentation of the ASIAP course and a live Questions and Answers facility where you can ask questions about the course. Staff from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities will be available to answer your questions throughout the day.

Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities Open Day

Early 2022

In early 2022, the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities will host a specific Open Day to present information on the Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Practice (ASIAP), as well as the other offerings from TCPID, such as the TCPID Work Placements; Business Partner Workshop Series; Graduate Internship Programme.

Inclusive Education Pathways for Students with Intellectual Disabilities at UCC

Students with intellectual disabilities are set to benefit from major new funding secured by UCC.

The €1m award from the Higher Education Authority recognises the impact of the university’s innovative work in the field of inclusive education, and its efforts to open higher education to students with intellectual disabilities.

UCC’s achievements in challenging deficit-focused perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities were profiled in an Impact Case Study reviewed by a panel of international experts.

The Certificate in Contemporary Living was established as a pilot project supported by the Brothers of Charity, Cope Foundation and Enable Ireland.

It was designed to meet the needs for non-segregated, inclusive post-secondary education for people with intellectual disabilities and was recognised as a model of good practice.

Welcoming the award President John O’Halloran reiterated UCC’s commitment to serving the community “through the provision of educational opportunities for students from a diversity of backgrounds.”

DCU Ability ‘Introduction to Work’ Online Course

Dublin City University Ability’s next ‘Introduction to Work’ course will run between October 18th and December 16th 2021.

Please see the course information booklet and learner overview for full details.

What is the 'Introduction to Work' course?
  • ‘Introduction to Work’ is a blended learning course available to learners across the country. 
  • The course takes place over 8 weeks.
  • Learners work with their support person and the course tutors for approximately 3 hours per week.
Who is this course for?
  • The ‘Introduction to Work’ course is for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Our learners work with a support person in their home or service environment.
  • The course is particularly suited to learners with limited experience of work to date.
Course aims
  • To build learners’ understanding of work, and to support them to explore ideas for their own working future.
  • To develop the skills of each learner’s designated support person, by delivering the course in partnership with them.
Learners will:
  • learn about types of work

  • begin to identify their own interests and preferences for work

  • begin to understand and practice skills that will help them to prepare for a workplace setting

Virtual Building the Future 2021 by AHEAD

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th August 

Online Zoom Careers Event

GetAHEAD are delighted to bring you our annual careers event, Building The Future online! Like last year, we have organised our annual careers event which usually takes place over the course of a day into a week-long careers event for students and graduates with disabilities. 

Students and graduates will get an opportunity to experience mock interviews, CV clinics, attend workshops and also chat with employers face-to-face all from the comfort of their own homes.

All you need is access to the internet either from your mobile or a laptop and Zoom. 

The event is free of charge and you must register in advance to access any element of the event. 

Ableism in Academia

Ableism in Academia

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Forum for Disabled Staff and Postgraduate Students are delighted to host Ableism in Academia.


Date & Time

Tuesday, 17th August 2021

12:00 – 14:00 Irish Standard Time


Academia in Ireland purports to be diverse and inclusive but is it really? This seminar will explore Ableism in Academia in Ireland.

Although there have been greater numbers of disabled students progressing to higher education in recent years (7.1%), there have been far lower transition rates into postgraduate studies (2.4%) and then on to academia. Disabled people in academia report facing a range of barriers to a successful transition and ableism in academia is endemic. Resulting in fears of disclosure of a disability or seeking reasonable accommodations due to ableist attitudes and outdated perceptions. Little is known about the wider experiences of disabled people in academia in Ireland. This seminar will aim to explore ableism in academia in Ireland, provide a platform to share experiences of disabled, chronically ill and neurodivergent staff.

This will be an interactive session on Zoom.

This event is focused on all of the members of the disabled community working in the academic environment in higher education including academic, administrative, and casual, postgrads, postdocs etc.


Dr Vivian Rath

Convenor & Founder, Trinity College Dublin Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgraduate Students.


Dr Nicole Browne

We are delighted to be joined by Dr Brown. She has written extensively on this subject and has recently published a new book titled, ‘Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education’. For more information go to Nicole’s Webpage

Panel Discussion

Dr Patricia McCarthy

Vice Convenor TCD Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgrad Students, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Deirdre O’ Connor

Chair of the Staff Disability Committee, University College Dublin.

Dr Sara Hope Kift

GSU Postgraduate Disability Officer, Trinity College Dublin.

Hearing the Lived Experience

The topic will be opened to the floor giving attendees the opportunity to share experiences of academic life in higher education. This session will look at how we can make improvements and have our voices heard.

Reflections & Close


This event is being organised by the Trinity College Dublin Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgraduate Students.

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This event has been supported by the Trinity College Dublin Equality Office. 

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