The information in this section of the website offers advice and guidance on teaching students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties. Each link contains an explanation of the disability, highlights challenges faced by students, and gives more information on specific practices that can benefit the student. It is important that students are made aware that accommodations are routinely made for students with documented disabilities. This may give a hesitant student enough confidence to disclose their disability or Specific Learning Difficulty. The sooner the student's circumstances are made known the better.
You can also support students with disabilities by following inclusive teaching and assessment practices. The following information provides details on good practice guidelines that will allow you to support all students, including students with varying disabilities.
As well as providing information on individual disabilities, information can also be found on Inclusive Teaching and Assessment, Teaching Practices, Placements and Field Trips, Assessment.
LEAD (Living Equality and Diversity e-Learning Programme)
(Please note: this programme must be completed in advance of attendance at Orientation)
The LEAD programme is a self-paced modular learning tool that features an intuitive navigation system with core content split into five modules of learning. Module topics cover ‘Understanding diversity’, ‘What’s it got to do with you?’, ‘From compliance to commitment’, ‘Recruitment and Selection’ and ‘Dignity and Respect’. Each section contains video and multimedia stories and scenarios including interviews with University staff and students, interactive games and quizzes, and online instant assessments to offer staff valuable feedback on their learning. By using this interactive and multimedia resource, staff will have the opportunity to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the university sector.
Developed by the Irish Universities Association Equality Network (TCD, DCU, NUIG, UCC, UCD and UL) with the support of the Equality Authority and the UCC Equality Committee, the aim of the LEAD project is to provide Interactive eLearning designed to promote Equality in the University sector by providing staff with an opportunity to consider their role in building an inclusive environment. The tailored eLearning programme covers all nine grounds of discrimination under Irish Equality legislation as part of a blended approach to generating mainstream staff engagement with equality and diversity issues in the workplace. The LEAD programme is now available to all UCC staff.
How to use LEAD
Participants can save their progress and return at any time to complete the five modules. The estimated overall time for completion of the programme is 2 hours. By using this interactive and multimedia resource, staff will have the opportunity to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the university sector.
START the LEAD Programme now at http://www.leadequalitynetwork.com. Training must be completed by Friday 22 May 2015.