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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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Launch: INHEF Strategic Plan 2022.


We are delighted to share the INHEF Strategic Plan 2022 ‘Inclusive Higher Education – The Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Policy Development ‘ which was launched by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris on 15th September 2022.

The goals of the Strategic Plan are across four key areas:
The launch comes at a very exciting time in Higher and Further Education in Ireland where the rights and needs of learners with intellectual disabilities are being recognised by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science with the launch of the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH 4) Fund.
A key ambition for the department is to ensure that we provide more opportunities in higher education for all, reflecting the diversity of our population, with inclusion as one of the core strategic goals. Touching on the importance of these initiatives and the introduction of the PATH 4 initiative, Minister Harris said
“The backdrop is the need to ensure that our higher education student body reflects the whole of society. We have limited provision in higher education for students with intellectual disabilities, in comparison to our schools or our further education training and as I have said, and suggested, and passionately believe – that must change!” 
He added,
“Our higher education institutions who have to endeavour to serve these students have to be commended as pathfinders in this space.”

Below, you will find recordings from the online launch event split into sections.

Part 1. Opening Address

Part 2. Ministerial Launch

Part 3. A Conversation with INHEF Graduates

Part 4. A Word of Support from Inclusion Ireland

Part 5. A Word of Support from the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Part 6. A Word of Support from AHEAD

Part 7. Closing Questions & Answers

Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice (CDIP)

Course Name

Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice

Course Provider

University College Cork


FETAC Level 6, Special Purpose Award

Attendance Options

One year, 2 days per week


Cork City

Awarding Body

University College Cork

Course Description

The Certificate in Disability-Inclusive Practice is for students who have already completed the Certificate in Contemporary Living, or the Certificate in Social Citizenship, or another equivalent programme.

The course aims to develop students’ presentation, communication and self-advocacy skills. Students will learn to:

  • Deliver training on disability-inclusive practices in education and professional settings
  • Review and respond to policies for disability inclusion
  • Audit spaces for the physical, social and cultural inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

A work placement is an important part of the course.

What Will I Be Studying?

Modules include:

  • Statutory frameworks for disability inclusion 
  • Finding and using your voice 
  • Presentation and communication skills 
  • Reviewing and auditing skills 
  • Employment and social enterprise: Internship 

How do I know if the course is for me?

  • Are you interested in the rights of people with intellectual disability (PWID)?
  • Would you like to be involved in educating people about how to include the ideas and voices of PWID?
  • Are you interested in telling policy makers your ideas about the laws and policies that affect PWID?
  • Would you like to work with others, doing research on issues affecting the lives of PWID?
  • Would you like to develop skills that might lead to work supporting professionals and people in different organisations about rights for PWID, and what that means for their work?

If you answered “YES” to these questions, then this course is for you!

Who to Contact

Dr. Mary Byrne

Project Manager


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