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Joint Staff and Student Publication in Disability and Society

We are delighted that a joint research project between our staff and students has just been published. The research has been published in Disability and Society and is entitled 'Likes, dislikes, supports and barriers: the experience of students with disabilities in university in Ireland.'

The list of contributors includes: Dr. Natasha A. Spassiani, Dr. Noel Ó Murchadha, Maria Clince, Kieran Biddulph, Paula Conradie, Fiachra Costello, Lisa Cox, Eavan Daly, Orla Daly, Claire Middleton, Kelly McCabe, Maeve Philips, Steve Soraghan and Kristina Tully.

The article outlines how there are more students with disabilities going to college than ever before. It is important that colleges understand the experiences of students with disabilities when in university. The research project was carried out by 12 students with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in an Irish university, under the guidance of their lecturers. The project looked at four research questions:

(1) what do we like about going to college;

(2) what do we dislike about going to college;

(3) what supports do students with disabilities experience to participation in college;

(4) what barriers do students with disabilities experience to participation in college?

The results show many interesting findings about what students with disabilities experience in college and this information can be used to help colleges better support students with disabilities.

The full article can be read by clicking on the link below.