Inclusive Education & Employment Pathways (Intellectual Disability)

UCC’s achievements in challenging deficit-focused perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities (PWID) were profiled in an Impact Case Study submitted to the HEA. 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. The two-year, part-time programme based in the School of Applied Social Studies and part of the programme offering of the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC, graduated over 100 students between 2009 and 2020.

Funding of €1,000,000 was awarded based on the case study.  This funding will support a new Inclusive Education and Employment Pathways  (Intellectual Disability) Project that aims to develop rights-based, inclusive education programmes for PWID which:

a) Provide mutually beneficial learning synergies between students with and without disabilities

b) Enable PWID to develop skills for future learning and employment

c) Build capacity in inclusive education for PWID across the HEI sector.

ID+ Project

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