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CCL - New applications remain open for 2012

The Certificate in Contemporary Living is a two year, full time Trinity College Certificate programme. This Certificate was the first full time course for adults with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. It is a specially designed programme, provided in a tertiary setting, aimed at supporting students as they make transitions towards independence, lifelong learning and employment.

Closing date for new applications has been extended to end of August 2012. To apply for a place on the course please download application form CCL Application form 2012

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CCL Application form 2012

For further information please contact:

Ms Molly O'Keeffe
Education Officer, NIID

2 August 2012

STOP-Bullying Workshop: Friday 31st August 2012

The next STOP-Bullying Workshop will take place on Friday 31st August 2012. This workshop is specifically for people who have an intellectual disability.

Download brochure

Download booking form

For further information or to secure a place please email akenned@tcd.ie

The workshop will start at 10.30am and finish at 3.30pm on Friday 31st August 2012. It will be held at the National Institute of Intellectual Disability, 4th Floor, 3 College Green Dublin 2. The entrance is on Dame Street beside Starbucks. Click here for location

The Anti-bullying Initiative is run by a group of self-advocates with the support of their Advocacy Development Officer. The workshops are facilitated by The National Anti-Bullying Advocacy Group. They believe that bullying for people who have an intellectual disability is very serious and needs to stop. The group have designed two types of workshops that run throughout the year:

  • A workshop specifically designed for people who have an intellectual disability
  • A workshop specifically designed for people who support people with an intellectual disability

The workshops are run by the National Anti-Bullying Advocacy Group, NAAG, who are self-advocates (people with intellectual disabilities speaking up and speaking out for their rights), along with supporters and allies from all over Ireland.

2 July 2012

PATH: CCL Students Plan their Future

Over the past two weeks, 2nd year students who have recently completed the Certificate in Contemporary Living undertook an individual PATH process to enable them to plan their future after college. The 2-3 hour workshop was facilitated by CCL Staff with the support of Social Work and Social Policy students on placement at the NIID.

PATH was developed by Jack Pearpoint, Marsha Forest and John O'Brien from 1991 onwards. It can be used as a planning style with individuals and with organisations. When used in person centred planning, the person and the people she wants to invite meet together with two facilitators to work through the process. PATH works well when an individual has a group of people around her who are committed to making things happen. Using the PATH process enables people to understand and take control of the situation. "PATH is there when a situation is complex and will require concerted action, engaging other people and resources, over a longish period in order to make an important vision real."
Pearpoint J, O'Brien J and Forest M, 'PATH: A workbook for planning positive, possible futures' Toronto Inclusion Press.

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My PATH: John Corcoran, 2nd Year CCL Student

I had my PATH meeting with Molly O'Keeffe and Siobhan Mitchell on Monday the 18th June 2012. My mum and my brother were at the meeting too. My PATH meeting was to help me to think about what I want to do next for my future. Molly asked me lots of questions about my life and Siobhan wrote down my answers on a huge poster with words and pictures. She used lots of colours and I was the yellow man. I felt good at the meeting and talking about my dreams and my goals. I was happy.

Everybody listened to me and thought of ways to help me to do the things I want to do. At the end of the meeting we looked at my poster and Molly said I was very creative and she liked my poster. I took my poster home with me and showed it to my dad. He said it was great and he is very proud of me. I feel very proud too. I want to say thank you to Molly and Siobhan and the CCL staff.

PATH: A parent's perspective, Yvonne Corcoran

As a parent, John's PATH meeting was quite an emotional experience for me. Molly and Siobhan were so respectful in how they helped John to identify his own personal dreams and goals and it was really wonderful to hear him speak for himself as an individual. Having John's wishes for his life physically charted on a poster helped us to identify and structure the supports he needs to achieve his goals both in the short term and for the long term.

In essence it helped us to see the woods from the trees and to realise that 99% of what John wants is very realistic and very achievable for him with a little bit of support. He just wants to lead an ordinary life like everyone else. Placing finite dates on John's poster by which time certain steps must be taken or goals achieved provides us with a momentum and structure on how to proceed. Life cannot and should not stay the same for anyone and the PATH process has been very beneficial in supporting him (and us) in transitioning from the NIID. We have all now found a new focus and have already taken steps towards supporting John to achieve two of his goals. Many thanks to Molly, Siobhan and the CCL team.

2 July 2012

Announcing Open Evening for M.Sc. in Disability Studies

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The next Open Evening for the M.Sc. in Disability Studies will be held on Thursday May 24th 2012 from 4.15pm. to 5.45pm at NIID, 4th Floor, 3 College Green, Room 4.01 (Entrance via Dame Street beside Starbucks). Click here for location

This M.Sc. programme, which can be completed on a one year, full-time or a two year, part-time basis, is an innovative programme that provides students with a deep understanding of disability from social, historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives. Graduates of the M.Sc. are equipped with the knowledge, analytical skills and perspectives to translate rights into reality in the field of disability.

You will have the opportunity at the Open Evening to hear more about this M.Sc. and to speak directly to the teaching team and graduates of the programme. Tea, coffee and snacks served. All are welcome!

http://www.socialwork-socialpolicy.tcd.ie/postgraduate/progs/msc-disability.php

10 May 2012

John Kubiak recipient of Provost's Teaching Awards 2012

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Congratulations to John Kubiak, Teaching and Learning Officer/Curriculum, for the CCL at NIID as one of the recipients of the Provost's Teaching Awards for 2012. The Provost's Teaching Award Scheme is designed to recognise and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. The prestige of the award reflects the value which Trinity places on promoting teaching as a scholarly activity and the importance placed on enriching the learning opportunities of its students.

9 May 2012

MSc in Disability Studies Graduate Presents Findings of Thesis at the 2012 Annual Conference

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MSc in Disability Studies Graduate Presents Findings of Thesis at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. Sue Kraftsoff, a graduate of the MSc in Disability Studies (2011), recently presented the findings of her thesis at 'Occupation is Our Unique Focus'- the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. Her thesis is entitled 'A view of quality of life for a sample of Irish adults with physical disabilities' and was supervised by Professor Robbie Gilligan. The paper based on the thesis was presented at a session relating to the theme of 'Occupation and Quality of Life'.

1 May 2012

CCL Student Ball 2012

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The Annual NIID CCL Ball took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel last Friday 27th April. The night was a huge success where students, NIID staff, their guests along with fellow Trinity students danced the night away. The CCL ball was organised and funds were raised by the CCL students together with the support of their student support officers. 'The music rocked, and the dessert was yum'. CCL Student

1 May 2012

Certificate in Contemporary Living Students Undertake Educational Field Trip to Barcelona, Spain

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Students from the second year of the Certificate in Contemporary Living course (CCL) and staff from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability recently undertook a four-day educational field trip to Barcelona, Spain. This international field trip has been an annual event undertaken as part of the Social Science: An International Perspective module on the course. All aspects and planning of the trip are organised by the students in class. Over the four days, students and staff enjoyed a range of cultural, historical and social activities. Highlights of this year's trip included a bus tour of the city, exploring Gaudi Park, a traditional flamenco show, visiting a Spanish food market and sampling the local cuisine.

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The final element of the trip requires the students to prepare a power-point presentation comparing Ireland and Spain through a range of topics chosen by the students on their return from the trip. This year presentations by the students will focus on the following areas; history, tourism and consumerism, culture, music and dancing, and traditional cuisine.

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"This was the first time I have travelled abroad without my parents, it was great fun and I loved tasting the different Spanish food, Gaudi park was cool." CCL Student

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25 April 2012

CCL Open Day hosted at NIID

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The Open Day for the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) was held yesterday, 23 April 2012 at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID), 4th Floor, 3 College Green. The CCL team provided information on the certificate course in a morning and afternoon session to the interested candidates who attended.

The Certificate in Contemporary Living is a two year, full time Trinity College Certificate programme. This Certificate was the first full time course for adults with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. It is a specially designed programme, provided in a tertiary setting, aimed at supporting students as they make transitions towards independence, lifelong learning and employment.

Closing date for application 4th May 2012. Download application form CCL Application form 2012.

Candidates will be shorlisted by 18th May followed by interviews from the18th June. Feedback letters will be sent out from the 2nd July 2012.

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CCL Application form 2012

For further information please contact Ms Ailish Kennedy

24 April 2012

Stop-Bullying Workshop: Friday 27th April 2012

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The Workshop this Friday 27th April 2012 is specifically for people who have an intellectual disability.

Download booking form Friday 27th April 2012

The workshop will start at 10.30am and finish at 3.30pm on Friday 27th April, 2012. It will be held at the National Institute of Intellectual Disability, 4th Floor, 3 College Green Dublin 2. The entrance is on Dame Street beside Starbucks. Click here for location

The Anti-bullying Initiative is run by a group of self-advocates with the support of their Advocacy Development Officer. The workshops are facilitated by The National Anti-Bullying Advocacy Group. They believe that bullying for people who have an intellectual disability is very serious and needs to stop. The group have designed two types of workshops that run throughout the year:

  • A workshop specifically designed for people who have an intellectual disability
  • A workshop specifically designed for people who support people with an intellectual disability

The workshops are run by the National Anti-Bullying Advocacy Group, NAAG, who are self-advocates (people with intellectual disabilities speaking up and speaking out for their rights), along with supporters and allies from all over Ireland.

For more information on the Anti-Bullying Workshop for people with intellectual disability please click here (PDF350KB)

13 April 2012

School hosts MSc in Disability Studies Open Evening

The first of two open evenings for the MSc in Disability Studies was held yesterday, 22 March 2012, at Trinity College Dublin. The MSc in Disability Studies team, along with current students, were on-hand to provide information to interested candidates about the course. The MSc in Disability Studies is an innovative course providing a common ground for the inter-disciplinary study of disability and is available as either a one- year, full-time, or two-year, part-time, option. Download the open evening presentation here. Details of the second open evening will be announced shortly.

Download the MSc in Disability Studies Brochure here. View course video here.

For further information please contact Ms Ailish Kennedy.

23 March 2012

An Evening with the Taoiseach - Tomas Murphy

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Last February I received an e-mail from Hugo Mac Neill, Chairman of the Ireland Fund and was delighted to see that I had received an invitation to a reception with the Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny TD, in the Royal Hibernian Academy on the 7th Febru.ary 2012.

It was an event to thank the many supporters of The Promising Ireland Campaign, throughout Ireland.
As the day approached, I could feel myself getting excited at the thought of meeting everyone, and perhaps a chance to see again the many wonderful people I had recently met when I travelled with Molly O' Keeffe to New York to speak at the America/Ireland Fund about the Contempory Living Course, NIID in Trinity College, to a group of Trinity College New York Alumni, and young leaders before travelling on to Washington to talk at the 2011 State of the Art Conference, on Post Secondary Education for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

I had a magical evening at the reception of the Promising Ireland Campaign, and it was great to meet Mr. Kieran McLoughlin again . I felt so privileged to have met such wonderful people who made me feel so welcome and was honored to have met the Taoiseach.

Thanks again Hugo for your kind invitation, and to the Ireland Funds for supporting the NIID and my trip to America!
Tomas Murphy, CCL Graduate

20 March 2012

Disability Association of Ireland

The second meeting for the Disability Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) took place on March 12th 2012 at University College Dublin (UCD). With the purpose of identifying the aims of the DSAI and ways to achieve them, over 60 people attended the meeting including researchers and academics, service providers, representatives from disability organisations, and students.

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The organising committee for the meeting was led by Professor Gerard Quinn, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and included academics and researchers from NUIG, UCD, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ulster University, and Disability Action. Professor Dan Goodley, from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom (UK), gave a keynote on the experiences of the UK Disability Studies Association.

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Academics and researchers from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (TCD), representing the M.Sc. in Disability Studies, and the Certificate in Contemporary Living, attended the meeting. The first open meeting of the DSAI was held at TCD in December 2011 and it was agreed that a third one would be organised in 2012. For further information, please contact the TCD representative for the DSAI, Dr. Edurne Garcia Iriarte, at iriartee@tcd.ie

Prof Roy Mcconkey, Public Lecture: National Datasets

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Prof. Roy McConkey, University of Ulster, gave a Public Lecture entitled: 'National Datasets: Their contribution to monitoring and improving services' on March 6th at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability as part of the M.Sc. in Disability Studies seminar series. Prof. McConkey's presentation focused on the Irish National Intellectual Disability Database and provided an overall picture of service delivery to people with intellectual disabilities in the Republic of Ireland over time and comparisons with service delivery in Northern Ireland. The public lecture was presented to a full room including researchers, people with intellectual disabilities and their family members, professionals, service providers and students. For more information on Prof. McConkey's lecture, please email Prof. Roy McConkey at R.McConkey@ulster.ac.uk. For more information on the M.Sc. in Disability Studies Public Lectures, please email akenned@tcd.ie.

24 February 2012

Ireland Funds Event

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Left to right: Tomas Murphy, CCL Graduate; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Sheila Murphy; Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Head of School, Trinity College; Molly O'Keeffe, Education Officer; NIID and Kieran McLoughlin, President & CEO, The Worldwide Ireland Funds

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Left to right: Hugo MacNeil, Chairman, Ireland Funds; Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tomas Murphy, CCL Graduate, Trinity College Dublin

The group attend the Ireland Funds event on 7th of February at the Royal Hibernian Academy. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny addressed over 200 supporters of The Ireland Funds. This event was held to thank supporters of the Promising Ireland Campaign and to recognise the important work of the organisations throughout Ireland that receive funding and support from the Ireland Funds. Both Hugo and Kieran also spoke at the event. Tomas Murphy and Molly O'Keeffe recently travelled to America to present the work of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) and its innovative programme, Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) to a group of Trinity New York Alumni and Young Leaders before presenting at the 2011 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The Trip was supported by the Ireland Funds, previous funding has allowed the CCL students to showcase their talents in the area of the expressive arts.

13 February 2012

Staff News

8 February 2012

Fintan SheerinThe NIID and the School of Social Work and Social Policy are pleased to welcome a new colleague, Dr Fintan Sheerin, to the National Institute for Intellectual Disability. Dr Sheerin takes up the post of Acting Academic Director at the Institute. Dr Sheerin is a lecturer in intellectual disability nursing at Trinity College Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Since he commenced nurse training 24 years ago, he has worked with people who have intellectual disabilities in many service areas and none.

One of his earliest roles was as an educator, providing preliminary education to a class of five teenagers with intellectual disabilities and severe behavioral challenges. More recent contact with people with intellectual disabilities in the context of the participatory action group, ID Rights, caused him to significantly change his perspectives on disability and brought him into the area of social action and human rights. This is his philosophy and driving force and is finding expression through critical pedagogical endeavour. His research areas include the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, women with disabilities' experience of public health services during pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood and LGBT. He is currently leading an evaluation of a community-based initiative at a Dublin intellectual disability service. He teaches on the B.Sc. in intellectual disability nursing, on the Bachelor in Social Studies and the M.Sc. in Disability Studies. He is vice-president of the European nursing informatics association, ACENDIO and is exploring the role of eHealth in achieving better health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities. He has published widely in intellectual disability and nursing journals.

Volunteer News

1 February 2012

NoelThe NIID are delighted to welcome Ms Noel Paton Rodriguez to the Institute. Noel will be volunteering in the NIID until June and will work specifically with the CCL team to further her knowledge of the delivery of an education programme for adults with ID.

Noel's visit has the support of the Grundtvig Assistantship of OAPEE (European Education and Training Program) which is a training programme that assists professionals involved in the education of adults with ID experience other similar programmes across the EU.

Noel's background is in the education of adults with ID. Her degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid is in Psychopedagogy. Within this programme she was also involved in other projects that promote the social inclusion for graduate students.

Facilitation Skills 15th February-4th April

16 December 2012

The course of eight two-hour sessions will provide participants with an understanding of the theory and skills of facilitation and enable them to achieve competence as a facilitator. It will be delivered by John Kubiak, National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID), School of Social Work and Social Policy and Dr. Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Centre for Non-profit Management, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. Enquiries: akenned@tcd.ie Applications by post to: The Executive Officer, National Institute for Intellectual Disability, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College, 4th Floor, 3 College Green, Dublin 2. Details printable version. Download booking form

M.Sc. in Disability Studies Seminar Series

16 December 2011

Public Lecture by Prof. Roy McConkey


The next in the series of seminars hosted by the M.Sc. in Disability Studies will take place on Monday, March 6th 2012 from 4.30pm - 6.00pm in the NIID 4th Floor, 3 College Green. To book a place please contact akenned@tcd.ie

The title of the talk is: National datasets: Their contribution to monitoring and improving services

Prof. McConkey's lecture will focus on the National Intellectual Disability Database and a series of longitudinal studies conducted over the last 10 years in Ireland. National datasets have been promoted as the major driver for reforming service provision and monitoring improvements. These studies, conducted in collaboration with the Health Research Board, reveal that the intra-country variation on demographics and service usage of people with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland is particularly marked. Prof. McConkey will discuss how Ireland could lead Europe in demonstrating if this is indeed possible.

Roy McConkey is Professor of learning Disability at the University of Ulster with a joint appointment with the Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Board. He has worked in the field of intellectual disability for nearly 40 years and undertaken consultancies for various United Nations agencies and international NGOs in Asia and Africa. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town and with Trinity College, Dublin. In 2010 the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities selected him for their international award.

M.Sc. in Disability Studies Graduation

12 December 2011

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability is delighted to celebrate the graduation of our first cohort of graduates on the M.Sc. in Disability Studies. The knowledge and skills obtained by our graduates is particularly important at this time of tremendous change in disability policy and practice at both national and international level. Our graduates are very well placed to drive this change agenda and transform the disability landscape.

Group M.Sc. graduation

(L to R) Sue Kraftsoff, Amy O'Connor, Carline Thompson, Imelda Gaughan


Research Prize

7 December 2011

The Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability (ASID) has awarded their 2011 International Research Prize to an academic paper authored by Associate Professor Christine Linehan and colleagues from 14 countries throughout Europe. The paper, 'Ageing and health status in adults with intellectual disabilities: Results of the European POMONA II study' was recently published in the Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability (JIDD) as is awarded 'the most outstanding contribution among all papers published in JIDD throughout 2011. The paper presents findings from a European Commission DG Sanco project that developed a set of health indicators for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Europe. This success follows from a similar endorsement in August 2011 when another paper from this research, published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, received the Francisco Garces Roca award from the Spanish Society for the Provision of Socio-health Care. 'The P15 - a multinational assessment battery for collecting data on health indicators relevant to adults with intellectual disabilities' outlines the development of the health indicator suite and its potential to highlight health disparities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities in Europe. Colleagues from the POMONA project will continue their dissemination strategies into 2012.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

6 December 2011

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A celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was hosted at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on Friday 2nd December. The event was co-hosted by all four disability centres throughout Ireland: the National Institute for Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin; the Centre for Disability Studies at University College Dublin; the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway; and the Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Ulster. This is the first such event where all four university centres have collaborated.
Martin Naughton, Áiseanna Tacaíochta and Co-Executive Director of the European Network of Independent Living chaired the proceedings.

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Guest speakers included Anna Lawson, School of Law, University of Leeds who presented on 'The Ivory Tower and the Real World: Academia and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. Anna's presentation was followed by Professor Patricia Noonan Walsh, Professor Emerita of Disability Studies, University College Dublin who spoke on 'A Career in Disability Research'. Eithne Fitzgerald, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, National Disability Authority outlined a pathway for 'Translating Research into Policy'. Finally, Professor Gerard Quinn, Director the Centre of Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway brought the proceedings to a close with a proposal for the establishment of a Disability Studies Association of Ireland. The idea was very well received by guests and a series of events to progress this idea in 2012 is underway.

Click here for pdf slides from Professor Patricia Noonan Walsh, University College Dublin who spoke on 'A Career in Disability Research'.

Click here for pdf slides from Anna Lawson, School of Law, University of Leeds who presented on 'The Ivory Tower and the Real World: Academia and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'.

Click here for pdf slides from Eithne Fitzgerald, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, National Disability Authority who outlined a pathway for 'Translating Research into Policy'

Click here for the proposal document outlined by Professor Gerard Quinn on options to establish a Disability Studies Association of Ireland. This document was prepared by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway. A follow up meeting will be hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, University College Dublin on March 12th. Enquiries may be made to Niamh Heynen.

Enquiries regarding the day can be emailed to Niamh Heynen

QUART Centre Conference

5 December 2011

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Carline Thompson, an M.Sc. in Disability Studies graduate, presented at the QUART Centre Conference www.qub.ac.uk/quart at Queen's University Belfast on 18th November 2011. Carline's presentation 'The coping strategies and mechanisms of ethnic minority parents living in Ireland who have children with disabilities' was based on her M.Sc. dissertation work supervised by Dr. Paula Mayock. For more information on the presentation, please contact Carline Thompson at thopmscs@tcd.ie.


M.Sc. in Disability Studies Seminar Series

17 November 2011

Errol CocksProf. Errol Cocks, Director of the Centre for Research into Disability and Society (CRDS) at Curtin University in Western Australia, gave a public lecture on Individualised Supported Living (ISL) for people with disabilities in Australia as part of the seminar series of the M.Sc. in Disability Studies. The lecture focused on Australian policies and practices that have contributed to the development of ISL for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western Australia, based on person-centred principles and individualised funding. An ongoing research project that has developed an instrument for evaluating the quality of ISL arrangements was described. Click here for a pdf of the presentation.

For more information about the presentation, please email E.Cocks@curtin.edu.au.

Prof. Errol Cocks is a visiting scholar at the NIID with an international career and scholarship in education and research in the field of Disability Studies. For more information about Prof. Errol Cocks, please see his CV or the link to the CRDS.


NIID Summer School 2012

16 November 2011

The NIID Summer School 2012 has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Dublin City of Science 2012 Public Engagement Programme. Dublin City of Science 2012 will be a year long programme of events that will highlight the role and value of science in society. The NIID Summer School, first held in 2009, addresses the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in society. The NIID Summer School 2012 aims to engage the general public and members of the disability community in this important social science issue. The full programme for the NIID Summer School 2012 will be available on the NIID website in the New Year.


Work in Progress Conference Slovenia November 2011

16 November 2011

M.Sc. in Disability Studies graduate and lecturer, Amy O'Connor and Dr. Fintan Sheerin, participated in the Work in Progress Conference in Jesenice, College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia on the 10th and 11th of November, 2011.

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Amy O'Connor presented her dissertation work 'Service cutbacks and quality of life: perspectives of people with mild intellectual disabilities'. Amy said that presenting at Works in Progress was a great experience. She really enjoyed it and got great feedback from peers and other academics. For more information on this presentation, please contact Amy O'Connor at oconnoa4@tcd.ie.

Dr. Fintan Sheerin from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College gave an introductory lecture on Health Professions and Social Action.

For more information on this presentation, please contact Dr. Fintan Sheerin at sheerinf@tcd.ie.

Works in Progress is an international seminar for master students in the caring professions. Dr. Fintan Sheerin, Lecturer in the M.Sc. in Disability Studies is a partner and founding member of the Works in Progress, an Erasmus intensive programme. This programme aims at linking students and faculties across disciplines and borders to promote common visions for developing and advancing knowledge in nursing and allied professions. The Works in Progress partners include Instituto Politecnico de Leiria, School of Health Sciences, Portugal, Oslo University College, Norway, College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia, and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. For more information on the Works in Progress please contact Fintan Sheerin at sheerinf@tcd.ie.


Certificate in Contemporary Living 2011 Graduation

11 November 2011

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Students of the pioneering university course for people with intellectual disability graduated at a ceremony in Trinity College Dublin's Public Theatre today (November 10th). Twenty students were awarded with Certificates in Contemporary Living when they formally graduated at the ceremony.

The two-year Certificate in Contemporary Living course run by Trinity's National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID), is the first full-time course of its kind in the university sector in Ireland. Based on its model, other courses are now being taught in a number of third level institutions both nationally and internationally.

The twenty students who successfully completed the certificate in summer 2011 is the fourth cohort to graduate from the programme.

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John Power, Niamh Fortune and Tomas Murphy celebrate after graduating with a Certificate in Contemporary Living from Trinity College Dublin

One of the key aims of the NIID Certificate in Contemporary Living course is to promote lifelong learning for people with intellectual disabilities and to ensure that this third level education leads to appropriate employment opportunities.

Commenting on the significance of their achievement, NIID education officer, Molly O'Keeffe said: "Our graduates have overcome great challenges and struggles in their journey to achieve their goals. In achieving their ambitions, the students have also enabled the College and the wider community in developing a deeper understanding of the strengths and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. In supporting the roll-out of the Certificate in Contemporary Living programme amongst other third level institutions it also ensures educational opportunities across the country for this marginalised group.'

'Over the last two years, the graduate students have made enormous strides in their personal, social and learning development and made a wonderful contribution to campus life. Since finishing the course the students have successfully gained part-time employment, some have gone on to further their education in colleges and VECs around Dublin and others again are concentrating on moving out of home towards supported independent living in the community.'

Inaugural Award of the Margaret McLoughlin Prize for Achievement in Art presented to CCL graduate John Power

11 November 2011

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Tony and Joan McLoughlin, John Power and John Kubiak. Presentation of award to John Power at The Long Room Hub, Trinity College

This year the graduation included the inaugural award of the Margaret McLoughlin Art Prize for achievement in art by a student of the Certificate course. The prize was established in NIID by a generous gift from the McLoughlin family and friends and was presented to NIID graduate, John Power, by Joan McLoughlin at a special reception preceding the graduation ceremony.

There are three aspects to the Certificate in Contemporary Living - academic learning, personal growth and career development. On the course students complete modules in English and spoken communication, mathematics and financial management, social studies, international awareness and music among other areas.

About the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID)

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) was established at Trinity College to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disability and their families. The Institute works to ensure that the basic human rights of people are upheld associated with access to: Appropriate education; Health Services; Employment; Housing and social amenities; Community presence and participation.

The NIID promotes lifelong learning for people with intellectual disability through: The Certificate in Contemporary Living, an inclusive education programme involving Trinity staff and Trinity students undertaking professional degrees; Development and implementation of inclusive research practice; Analysis and commentary on relevant legislation and policy; Parent/family education; Consultancy and partnership with service and advocacy agencies.

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

11 November 2011

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability, in conjunction with the Centre for Disability, Law and Policy NUIG, the Centre for Disability Studies UCD and the Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Ulster are pleased to invite you to: 'Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities'. This half day event will be hosted at the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin on Friday 2nd December 2011 from 2pm-5pm.

The event will explore the intersection between academia, research and disability studies. Dr Anna Lawson, University of Leeds will deliver a Keynote Address on 'The Ivory Tower and the Real World'. A discussion will follow including contributions on a Career in Disability by Professor Patricia Noonan Walsh, Professor Emerita, University College Dublin; Translating Research into Policy by Eithne Fitzgerald, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, National Disability Authority; and a proposal by Professor Gerard Quinn, Centre for Disability, Law & Policy NUIG for the establishment of a Disability Studies Association of Ireland.

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to host this event. While there is no charge to attend this event, registration is essential by contacting Marie.oconnor@ucd.ie or 01 7168333.

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2011 State of the Art Conference, Washington DC - Post Secondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual disabilities

9 Nov, 2011

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Tomas Murphy, CCL Graduate 2011 and Molly O' Keeffe, Education Officer, NIID, travelled to America last week after they were invited to present at the 2011 State of the Art Conference on Post Secondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual disabilities. This is a yearly conference which is held at the George Mason University in Washington DC. As part of this trip, the pair were also invited to by the Young Leaders, Ireland Fund to present on the CCL Course in New York on their way to Washington.

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On arriving in New York, Tomas and Molly spoke about the importance of third level education options for students with intellectual disabilities and the role of Trinity College as a leader in this area. Over thirty quests attended their presentation and these including members of the Ireland Funds and the Trinity Alumni. The pair then attended a concert in the Lincoln centre where the Irish Chamber Orchestra were performing on the night.

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Tomas and Molly then travelled onto Washington DC, and presented an hour workshop entitled 'Sharing a Model of Inclusive Third-Level Education in Ireland'. Their presentation highlighted strategies used for inclusion in Trinity College as well as the methods and materials used in the CCL course. It also discussed the change within Ireland around third level options for people with intellectual disabilities and how the NIID is currently supporting other third level institutions to set up courses.


Tomas was also invited to sit and present on a student panel which addressed ' What does ' Post Secondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities' mean to Me?'

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This trip has allowed the creation of partnerships and connections with six other universities in the USA. Groups from the George Mason University, New Found Land, University of Delaware and University of Vermont are keen to visit the CCL course in early 2012. Other universities including Syracuse University are also keen to create a partnership around the work of the NIID in the area of Inclusive research.

'I found the trip very good fun, it was a great opportunity to go and speak about the CCL course in New York and Washington. I met great people throughout the week. It was extremely hard work and involved a lot of travelling, and working long days but it was really rewarding. I am was happy to be part of the team and I gained a lot of knowledge about other courses. ' Tomas Murphy.

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Alumni Awards 2011

Hugo McNeillNIID would like to heartily Congratulate Hugo McNeill on receipt of his Alumni Award last Friday November 4th. The award was presented to Alumni in recognition of achievements in their respective fields and the contribution they have made in Ireland and internationally. Hugo is a very dedicated supporter of the work done in NIID. Further information on the event are available on the Communications Office page.

Epilepsy Expert Day

Christine Linehan, Director of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability presented an invited address at Ireland's 1st Epilepsy Expert Day. The conference, supported by UCB (Pharma) and the Irish Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy was hosted at the Dublin Convention Centre. Christine's presentation, entitled 'Epidemiology of the Epilepsies' outlined the contribution epidemiology has made to the field of epilepsy. Dr Linehan identified certain groups of the population as being at higher risk of developing epilepsy, such as children living in developing countries and people with intellectual disabilities. Dr Linehan noted the lack of research in the area of intellectual disability in particular and called for greater awareness on this issue.

Value for Money Review

The disability sector is currently the subject of a Value for Money and Policy Review as part of Government's Value for Money Reviews for the period 2009 to 2011. The aim is to ensure that money allocated to the disability sector is used to best purpose to provide quality outcomes for individuals with disabilities. As part of the review, an Expert Group was established to examine current policy in this field, and to make recommendations for the development of the sector. The Expert Group has published a report outlining their findings, and have recommended some significant changes in the configuration of disability services nationwide towards a model of individualised supports. The report, which is now open to public consultation can be found at this link

NIID's submission to this consultation can be found at this link

Law Reform Commission Annual Conference

The NIID is pleased to support the Law Reform Commission Annual Conference 'Sexual Offences and Capacity' on Monday 7 November 2011. For more information, please read here'


M.Sc. in Disability Studies Public Lecture

Errol CocksThe M.Sc. in Disability Studies is delighted to announce the next seminar in a series of events which will be delivered by Prof. Errol Cocks, Curtin University, Australia. The title is 'Individual supported living for people with disabilities in Australia: Policies, practices, and quality'. The lecture takes place on Thursday Nov 17th , 5.00pm -7.00pm, NIID, 4th Floor, 3 College Green.

This presentation will give a snapshot of how supported living was provided for disabled people in Australia in the period of 2008-2009 when more than half of persons who received accommodation support funding lived in community settings other than institutional accommodation or group homes.
Prof. Cocks will explain how policies and practices around individual funding and person-centred principles have enabled a distinct movement of supported living options from institutional to smaller, individual supported living in Western Australia. At this presentation Prof. Cocks will describe a research project that began in 2007 in Western Australia to develop a framework and instrument for reviewing the quality of individual supported living (ISL) arrangements. For more information about Prof. Cocks' research, please see http://otsw.curtin.edu.au/research/

Prof. Cocks is Director of the Centre for Research into Disability and Society, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, and Director, Research and Graduate Studies, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University. Prof. Cocks has held a number of additional roles in non-government and advocacy organisations in disability and mental health in Australia and the UK. He has taught and developed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social policy, human services, and disability studies in Australia, the UK, and the Middle East. For more information about Prof. Cocks, please see http://otsw.curtin.edu.au/about/ot_staff.cfm?id=5

This is a free event which is open to the Public. To register, please contact: Niamh Heynen, National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 by Monday 14th Nov. Tel: +353-1-8968597, email: niamh.heynen@tcd.ie.

noraThe National Institute for Intellectual Disability, M.Sc. in Disability Studies, Centre for Deaf Studies and the School of Social Work and Social Policy are pleased to welcome Professor Nora Groce, The Leonard Cheshire Chair and Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London, who will present a public lecturer entitled: 'Why Disability and Deaf Studies Matter: Translating Research into Policy and Practice' on Thursday, 6 October 2011.

A medical anthropologist, Prof. Groce's applied research has concentrated on the inclusion of persons with disability in global health and international development. Her work on deafness includes her 1984 book 'Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard' one of the earlier ethnographies on deafness in the community. Dr. Groce is a regular consultant for UN agencies, NGO's and DPO's. She has published extensively.

Seminar Outline
With the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities there is a growing interest in and commitment to ensuring that persons with disabilities are included in major initiatives in human rights, international health and development. Drawing on examples from both developed and low and middle-income countries, Professor Groce will discuss how the emerging body of research around disability and the Deaf community is being used to make changes to current policy and practice - and will also discuss where gaps in these field still exist that must be addressed by the next generation of scholars.

Date: Thursday, 6 October 2011
Venue: Long Room Hub, Trinity College
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm

To register, please contact: Niamh Heynen, National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 by Monday 3rd October.
tel: +353-1-8968597, email: niamh.heynen@tcd.ie.

New Mental Capacity Bill

The Government is expected to publish the new Mental Capacity Bill in late 2011. When the Bill is published, Ireland will move to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Before publishing the Bill, the Oireachtas' Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality asked for written submissions from interested groups for their views on the proposed Mental Capacity Legislation. NIID's submission to the Oireachtas can be found at this link New Mental Capacity Bill

Research Assistant at the NIID awarded Doctoral Scholarship at University of Iceland

Ciara Brennan, Research Assistant at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability, has been awarded a doctoral scholarship at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. Ciara writes 'This September I bid farewell to the NIID to take up a 3 year position at the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

The position is part of a European research network of Marie Curie fellows entitled 'Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets' (DREAM). The DREAM network will develop recommendations for the practical implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. My focus will be on the right to independent living as outlined in Article 19 of the Convention.

I would like to thank everybody at the NIID for their support and encouragement. I could not have dreamt of better mentorship and experience. A personal highlight is the way in which people with

intellectual disabilities share their expertise with the research team. It is with great excitement that I embark on this new path, but sadness that I leave behind fond memories of my time here'.