National Institute for Intellectual Disability
The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) is one of Trinity College Dublin's most innovative initiatives. Its mission is to enable people with intellectual disability to develop their potential by a combination of high quality research, dissemination of new knowledge, lifelong learning and professional training.
Philanthropic organisations, businesses and private individuals have provided critical support for the NIID’s flagship educational course – the Certificate in Contemporary Living, the first full-time course for people with intellectual disabilities within a third-level setting in Ireland. The course now has nearly 60 graduates whose achievements send a powerful message to the world about the ability and potential of people with intellectual disability. NIID is collaborating with other higher education institutions to develop courses in other locations.
Visit the NIID website to find out more about what's going on in the NIID or email Eileen Punch or contact her by phone on +353 1 896 2088 if you would like to learn more about how you can get involved.
"Disability is a mask that conceals a rich, surprising and fertile ability. The function of the NIID is to remove the mask and reveal the beauty and promise of a hitherto hidden talent now brought into the light of day and the light of appreciative minds." Brendan Kennelly