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University of Galway

Cumas is a full-time, mixed programme where students with intellectual disabilities take part in social activities and academic classes with students without intellectual disabilities, as well as participating in classes with other students with intellectual disabilities. The programme also provides students with work experience through placement opportunities.

Core Modules


Skills for Learning and Academic Success

1. Academic Skill Set

2. Technology for learning

3. Communication

4. Elective Module Participation

Skills for Engagement and Society

1. Personal Development

2. Social and Cultural Studies

3. Rights and Relationships

4. Volunteering with ALIVE

Skills for Career development

1. Work Readiness

2. Placement

3. Reflective Practice

Work Placement

Dr. Mary-Ann O’Donovan

IHREF Member

Dr. Mary-Ann O’Donovan

Course Co-ordinator

As Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability and Inclusion within the School of Education, Mary-Ann is the course co-ordinator for the Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Applied Inclusive Practice for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID).

Des Aston

IHREF Member

Mr. Des Aston

National and Schools Co-Ordinator (Education)

Des Aston is National and Schools Coordinator located in Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities [TCPID], School of Education, Trinity College Dublin.

Des is responsible for establishing the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum [INHEF] with a vested interest in embedding inclusive education initiatives and alternative access routes for students with intellectual disabilities into the higher education landscape in Ireland.

Des’ professional background is in the social care sector, studying for his B.A. Applied Social Studies in Social Care from St. Patricks, Carlow College and also Adult and Community Education from Maynooth University. Des has worked supporting adults with intellectual disabilities in various roles and previously served as the programme coordinator of the Inclusive Learning Initiative [ILI] at Maynooth University.

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