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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.”

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