Improving the university library experience of students with intellectual disabilities: a case study from an Irish institution
Huge congratulations to Siobhan Dunne and Geraldine Fitzgerald from the Trinity College Dublin Library, as well as to our own Dr. Mary-Ann O Donovan and our graduates Niamh Biddulph, Dairine O Rourke, Hugh O Callaghan, Shane McGilton, Stephen Ryan and Marian O Rourke on the publication of their article on improving the university library experience for students with intellectual disabilities.
The Rory McDonagh Trust: Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Trinity College
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) is delighted to announce a generous gift from the Rory McDonagh Trust which will allow us to significantly upgrade and enhance classroom technology in the Centre. This new technology will vastly improve the learning experience for our students over the coming years, creating a truly interactive and engaging learning environment.
My experience as a student in Trinity College Dublin and my role in An Post by TCPID Graduate Niamh Biddulph
I felt that the Certificate in Arts, Science, and Inclusive Applied Practice would help me to discover my potential, identify my skills and focus my attention on my future career. It did this in buckets, and I got so much more than I ever imagined. I made great friends with classmates and staff. I had a super college experience.
My experience of lockdown during Covid 19 by TCPID Graduate Tomas Murphy
Like everyone Coronavirus can be very scary to understand but for people with a disability it can be even more scary to understand. Some really useful insights and advice from our TCPID graduate and A&L Goodbody employee Tomas Murphy. Tomas includes excellent advice both for employers and employees.
Margaret McLoughlin TCPID Student Scholarship Programme
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are delighted to announce the launch of the new Margaret McLoughlin TCPID Student Scholarship programme. The Scholarship programme is named in honour of Margaret McLoughlin, daughter of Joan and Tony McLoughlin, and sister of Kieran, David and Louise. The aim of the McLoughlin family has always been to help support people with intellectual disabilities to reach their true potential. This scholarship programme builds upon the very solid foundation of the existing support provided to the TCPID by the McLoughlin family.
Celebrating 3 Years of SciFest@TCPID
Thursday May 28th 2020 should have been the date of our now annual SciFest@TCPID student exhibition in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. The SciFest programme has run every year since 2017 in association with Abbott Ireland and SciFest. Since we were unable to hold the exhibition this year, we have decided to mark the occasion with a celebration of the past 3 years of SciFest@TCPID with quotes from many of the student participants and some fabulous photos of the 3 student exhibitions that have already taken place.
Adapting to life with Covid 19 by TCPID Graduate Margaret Turley
Our TCPID graduate Margaret Turley on how she is adapting to life with Covid 19. In Margarets own words: To have a disability and learn to work can be challenging but to have your routine turned upside down due to the COVID-19 is unsettling. I am learning to adapt to working from home. Read the complete article here.
My tips for coping with COVID 19 by TCPID Graduate Eavan Daly
Our TCPID graduate Eavan Daly has put togegther some valuable tips for coping with the current COVID 19 crisis. Read her wonderful article here.
TCPID Graduate Dairine O Rourke on Trinity College, Fidelity Investments and COVID 19
This article includes a video and an interview with our TCPID graduate Dairine O Rourke. Dairine graduated from the Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice in Trinity College Dublin in June 2018. She is now a permanent employee of our TCPID Business Partner Fidelity Invesments. Dairine is very much looking forward to returning to work in Fidelity once the current COVID 19 crisis is over.
Me and COVID 19 by TCPID Graduate Marian O Rourke
Read an interview with our TCPID graduate Marian O Rourke about her time in Trinity College Dublin, her permanent role in Cpl Resources and how she is coping with the current COVID 19 crisis.
TCPID Graduate Luke Campion now a permanent employee of EY
In a good news story during these difficult times, Luke Campion, one of our most recent TCPID graduates has just been offered a permanent contract with EY. Luke has been working with EY since finishing his course in Trinity College in June 2019. Luke has had a hugely positive impact on his team in EY since he started there and we are all very proud of him!. You can read here our interiew with Luke and with some of his EY team.
My strategies for coping with self-isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our TCPID graduate Niamh Biddulph has composed this wonderful article about her strategies for coping with self-isolation during this unprecendented COVID-19 crisis. The aim of the article is to help other people who may be finding it difficult to cope with the change to their regular routines.
Applications for Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice 2020-2022
We are now accepting applications for our Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice for September 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to accept postal applications so please send your completed applications to the following email address: email@example.com.
TCPID Open Days March 2020
We are delighted to announce our 2020 Open Days for the Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice. These will take place on Wednesday March 11th at 5pm and on Saturday March 28th at 11am.
EY Win Award for Diversity and Inclusion for partnership with TCPID
On Friday February 14th 2020, EY were awarded the top prize in the Diversity and Inclusion category at the CIPD Awards in The Mansion House in Dublin for their partnership with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. CIPD are the professional body for HR and people development with 6,000 members in Ireland and 150,000 around the world.
Ryan Tubridy Interview with Mei Lin Yap and Hugo MacNeill
Our TCPID graduate Mei Lin Yap and TCPID Ambassador Hugo MacNeill spoke with Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One about the challenges facing those with intellectual disabilities in accessing 3rd level education and securing employment.
Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Graduation
We want to congratulate our seven students who were awarded a Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice in Trinity College Dublin on Friday January 31st 2020. We are incredibly proud of our graduates who all worked so hard during their two years in Trinity.
New partnership between Dynamic and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are proud to announce a new partnership with Dynamic. Dynamic are a global retail services provider who strategically deliver multiple solutions on 6 continents. For 25 years, Dynamic have built up a wide network of clients and long-lasting relationships around the globe.
We Are Hiring!
We are currently recruiting a part-time Occupational Therapist to join our TCPID Team. Applications to be made through the Trinity College Dublin Human Resources Department. Closing date for applications is February 3rd 2020 at 12.00 noon.
TCPID Graduate Stephen Ryan: My Story!
Our TCPID graduate Stephen Ryan has recently been offered a permanent contract with EY after completing a 3 month Summer internship. Stephen first met his EY team in February 2019 when he started his work placement module. The placement proved to be a perfect fit. A huge thank you goes to Niamh Parsons, Aidan Walsh, Sandra Dawson and all the team for supporting Stephen so incredibly well since day one. Here is Stephens story.
Annual TCPID Business Partners Meeting
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities held its annual Business Partners meeting on Tuesday November 5th 2019. The meeting was held in the Trinity Long Room Hub and was packed to capacity. Attendees included representatives from both our existing business partners and companies who are considering joining the network.
Smurfit Kappa forms partnership with Trinity College Dublin to support people with intellectual disabilities
Smurfit Kappa has announced a partnership with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) as part of its EveryOne inclusion and diversity strategy. Smurfit Kappa’s EveryOne programme aims to create an even more inclusive workplace for its 46,000 employees through a range of initiatives to champion and promote diversity. As part of the initial three-year partnership, a series of internships will take place at the company’s Group Headquarters in Dublin.
INHEF Launch Event - October 10th 2019
The Inclusive National Higher Education Forum INHEF was launched in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, 10th October 2019. INHEF is Ireland first national forum dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion amongst inclusive higher education providers by the development of post-secondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. A report, titled ‘Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the Republic of Ireland – A National Response’, was co-launched by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, alongside graduating digital media student from TU Dublin, Tallaght, Mr Stephen Lyons.
TCPID Graduate Mark Hogan - Permanent Contract with EY
One of our recent graduates, Mark Hogan has just been offered a permanent contract working with EY. Mark completed his 2018 student work placement in EY in the EY Global Trade team. He made such a great impression during this time there that he was invited back in June 2018 to complete a Summer internship within the same team. This led to an extension of his contract and most recently to a permanent role. We are all incredibly proud of him! Here you can read an interview with Mark and with some of his EY colleagues about his role in EY and the impact that it has had on all involved.
New Partnership between Novartis Global Services Center and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are proud to announce a new partnership with Novartis Global Services Center. The Novartis Global Service Center (NGSC), Dublin, was set up in 2013 and is located in a state-of-the-art facility in Ballsbridge. The center, one of five around the world, delivers a broad variety of services to the Novartis divisions and organisations globally. Services offered by the Dublin team include scientific and commercial services, IT, HR Services and Procurement.
Third Annual SciFest@TCPID Student Exhibition
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities was proud to host our third annual SciFest@TCPID student exhibition and awards in association with Abbott Ireland on Wednesday May 29th 2019. This was the biggest exhibition to date with 10 students proudly displaying their science projects.
New Partnership between Key Capital and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disablities
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are proud to announce a new partnership with Key Capital. Key Capital are the corporate finance, wealth and investment advisor of choice in Ireland for families and business owners.
UDG Healthcare partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are excited to announce a new partnership with UDG Healthcare, a global leader in healthcare advisory, communications, commercial, clinical and packaging services. UDG Healthcare employs over 8,500 people with operations in 26 countries and delivering services in over 50 countries.
New Partnership between KPMG Ireland and the TCPID
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are proud to announce a new partnership with KPMG Ireland.
Video of The Ireland Funds Flagship Grant Awarded to the TCPID
The TCPID has been awarded a Flagship Grant from The Ireland Funds. This Flagship Grant support will allow the TCPID to develop a Graduate Internship Programme, extending on the two-year Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice to include a third year of employment internship experiences.
New Partnership between Fidelity Investments Ireland and the TCPID
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce that we have welcomed Fidelity Investments Ireland to work with us as a new TCPID Business Partner.
Certificate in Arts Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Graduation
Huge congratulations to our students Dairine, Marian, Niamh, Hugh, Shane and Mark who became the first ever graduates to be awarded a Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice in Trinity College Dublin on Friday January 25th 2019.
2019 Open Days
Our 2019 Open Days for the Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice will take place on Wednesday March 13th and Saturday March 23rd. The Open Days will include a course presentation and an opportunity to meet with the team.
Relaunch of the Irish Disability Studies Association - IDSA
Dr. Patricia McCarthy is pleased to announce an event that is taking place on Wednesday the 5th of December 2018 to celebrate the relaunch of the Irish Disability Studies Association - IDSA.
Arthur Cox partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities is pleased to announce a new partnership with Arthur Cox. Arthur Cox is one of Irelands largest law firms with offices in Dublin Belfast London New York and Silicon Valley.
Annual TCPID Business Partners Meeting
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities held its second annual Business Partners meeting on Wednesday October 24th 2018.
New Partnership between the National Treasury Management Agency and the TCPID
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce that we have welcomed the National Treasury Management Agency to work with us as a new TCPID Business Partner.
Intel partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
A new partnership has been announced between Intel and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The TCPID is honoured to welcome Intel as a new Business Partner.
We look forward to working together to create real opportunities for our students and graduates over the coming years.
New Partnership with McCann FitzGerald
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are delighted to announce that we have welcomed McCann FitzGerald as a new TCPID Business Partner. McCann FitzGerald is Irelands premier law firm with over 600 people, including over 430 lawyers and professional staff, in Dublin, London, Brussels and New York.
TCPID Graduate Brian O Byrne Celebrates 10 years in IrishJobs.ie
TCPID Graduate Brian O Byrne recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary working with IrishJobs.ie. Brian completed the original Certificate in Contemporary Living in Trinity College Dublin in 2008 and started working with IrishJobs.ie soon afterwards.
First Ever TCPID Summer School
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities held our first ever TCPID Summer School on June 26th 27th and 28th 2018. We welcomed 21 students to Trinity College to get first hand experience of what being a Trinity College student would be like.
New Partnership with Mason Hayes & Curran
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities are proud to announce a new partnership with Mason Hayes & Curran, a top business law firm, with offices in Dublin, London, New York and San Francisco.
Second Annual SciFest@TCPID student exhibition, May 31st 2018
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities was proud to host our second annual SciFest@TCPID student exhibition and awards on Thursday May 31st 2018. The event was held in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin and was attended by a large number of TCPID Business Partners, staff from Trinity College Dublin, as well as our students families and guests.
New Partnership between Janssen Sciences Ireland and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce that we have welcomed Janssen Sciences Ireland UC to work with us as a new TCPID Business Partner.
TCPID Summer School
We are delighted to announce that we will be having our first ever TCPID Summer School in June 2018. The Summer School take place in Trinity College Dublin on June 26th, 27th and 28th 2018. The Summer School is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is considering applying for the Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice in the next few years.
TCPID Graduate Margaret Turley: Permanent Employee in EY
Our graduate Margaret Turley has just been offered a permanent position with our business partner EY. Margaret completed an 11 month contract with EY and made such an impression that this has now been converted to a permanent role. We are all incredibly proud of her.
Trinity Week Poster Exhibition
As part of Trinity Week 2018, our students presented their energy themed posters to Professor Vinny Cahill, the Dean of the Faculty Engineering, Mathematics and Science.
March Research Seminar
Whose voice when it comes to choice? The perspective of people with intellectual disability. March 29th 2018 5.00pm - 6.00pm.
2018 Open Days
We are delighted to announce that our 2018 Open Days for the Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice will take place on March 7th and March 24th. The Open Days will include a course presentation and an opportunity to meet with our lecturers and some of our current students.
Music Workshop with Dave McPhillips of The Coronas
We were honoured to have the lovely Dave McPhillips, lead guitarist with The Coronas here with us this week for our first ever music workshop.
My Work Placement in Chartered Accountants Ireland: By Eavan Daly
TCPID Graduate Eavan Daly talks about her work experience in Chartered Accountants Ireland.
SMBC Aviation Capital: Annual Santa Flight
Thank you to our Business Partner SMBC Aviation Capital for inviting our graduate Paula Conradie to take part in their annual Santa Flight.
My Experience Working in Avolon: By Emma McPhillips
TCPID Graduate Emma McPhillips talks about her experience working in Avolon.
Student trip to GECAS Shannon Facility
Thank you to the wonderful GE Capital Aviation Services team for inviting our second year students to visit their facility in Shannon. The students were treated to a tour of the offices, followed by lunch with the GECAS team and a tour of the Lufthansa Technik aircraft maintenance facility.
TCPID Video for Social Innovation Fund Ireland Education Fund Award
You can now view our video which was produced for the Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI)’s Education Fund awards. Funding awards were made to projects that have demonstrated innovation in education service provision that tackles educational disadvantage.
TCPID Awarded Funding from Social Innovation Fund Ireland
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities has secured an award from the Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI)s Education Fund. The awardees were announced on Tuesday the 24th of October by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD.Funding awards were made to projects that have demonstrated innovation in education service provision that tackles educational disadvantage.
TCPID Annual Business Partners Meeting
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities held its first annual Business Partners meeting on Tuesday October 24th 2017. The meeting was attended by representatives from both the existing business partners network and companies who are considering joining the network.
Permanent TSB - New TCPID Business Partner
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce that we have welcomed a new TCPID Business Partner, Permanent TSB to work with us. Permanent TSB are a provider of personal financial services in Ireland.
TCPID Graduate Paula Conradie: First Week in SMBC Aviation Capital
Our graduate Paula Conradie has completed the first few days of her 3 month work placement in SMBC Aviation Capital. Thank you so much to all the team in SMBC who have made Paula feel so incredibly welcome already.
2017-2018 Student orientation
Our 1st and 2nd year students in our Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice joined us this week for a three day Trinity College orientation. The three days were packed full of activities throughout College. We would like to thank all the departments who helped us with the orientation and made our students feel so incredibly welcome.
SMBC Aviation Capital partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID). SMBC Aviation Capital will be a Business Partner of the centre, working towards the shared goal of ensuring that all graduates have the same access to quality further education and the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue successful careers.
TCPID Graduate Mei Lin Yap: Now a Permanent Employee in Cpl Resources
We are so proud of our graduate Mei Lin Yap who has been offered a permanent position with our business partner Cpl Resources. Mei Lin was originally employed on a 6 month contract, but this has now been converted to a permanent role. We could not be more proud of her.
TCPID Graduate Eavan Daly: Presentation in Chartered Accountants Ireland
Congratulations to our graduate Eavan Daly on delivering a very professional presentation in Chartered Accountants Ireland. Eavan has completed a three month work placement in CAI and presented to her colleagues and invited guests on her experience there.
TCPID Graduate Margaret Turley: My Experience Working in EY
My name is Margaret Turley. I am a graduate of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. I have been working with EY since April 2017. This is a short article about my experience of working in EY and how much I am enjoying it.
TCPID Awarded Grant from The Ireland Funds
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce that we have have been awarded a grant from The Ireland Funds through their Small Grants Round.
Avolon – New TCPID Business Patron
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce a new partnership with our latest TCPID Business Patron, Avolon. Avolon are a leading global aircraft leasing firm, providing leasing and lease management services to airlines and aircraft investors worldwide.
Independent.ie Trinity College Showcases Top Science Stars with Intellectual Disabilities.
Daniel O Connor from Independent.ie reported from the SciFest@TCPID student exhibition and awards on Tuesday May 30th. Guinness, chocolate and kickboxing were just some of the projects showcased at the exhibition.
Today FM: Students with Intellectual Disabilities Showcase Science Projects
Nicole Gernon from Today FM reported from the first ever SciFest@TCPID student exhibition and awards in the Trinity College Science Gallery on Tuesday May 30th.
Joint Staff and Student Research Publication
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.
Margaret McLoughlin Expressive Arts Memorial Plaque
We were very honoured to unveil a plaque dedicated to the memory of Margaret McLoughlin on May 11th 2017. This plaque now hangs in our main student space here in the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. We are incredibly grateful to the entire McLoughlin family for the many years of very generous support.
TCPID Graduate Mei Lin Yap on Diversity and Inclusion
One of our TCPID graduates Mei Lin Yap has recently started working in Cpl Resources in their Dublin office. Mei Lin has already made a huge impact on the Cpl team and was invited to write a blog post for their website about her experiences and her achievements so far.
Bank of Ireland Inclusion and Diversity Event
We were very honoured to have been invited to the Bank of Ireland Inclusion and Diversity event in their Head Office on Mespil Road. Tom Fee and Rod McManus from Bank of Ireland described how the partnership with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities started and how it has evolved over the years.
TCPID Open Evening
Our TCPID Open Evening for prospective new students and their families took place on March 29th. Thank you to all of our staff, students and graduates who contributed on the night. The event was a great success and we hope that we managed to provide everyone with a good idea of what the experience of being a student in Trinity College is like.
GECAS Winner of Education Champion at Citizenship Awards
The GE UK & Ireland Citizenship Awards were recently held in London and we are delighted to hear that one of our business partners, Rebecca Connolly from GE Capital Aviation Services won the award for Education Champion
TCPID Student Trip to Facebook Ireland HQ
Thanks to Facebook, the largest Social Network on the planet, for inviting our students to visit their European HQ in Dublin.
February Research Seminars
We were delighted to welcome three visiting professors to the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities for two research seminars in February. Professor Mary T Brownell and Professor Stephen Smith from the School of Education in the University of Florida and Professor Pablo Rodriguez Herrero from the Faculty of Education of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
New Chapter Publication from Dr. John Kubiak
Dr John Kubiak has a new chapter publication in Facilitating collaborative reflection: researching with college students with intellectual disabilities, editor(s)Adele Flood and Kathryn Coleman, Reflective Practice in Learning and Teaching, USA, Common Ground Publishing
Open Evening 2017
Our 2017 Open Evening for the Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice will take place on Wednesday March 29th.
Student Presentation to CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services
Congratulations to our students who prepared and delivered their first ever presentation to the Global CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services, Alec Burger and his team.
RTE Radio One on the Increasing Diversity of Students at Third Level.
A recent Radio One interview with one of our current students, one of our recent graduates and one of our Business Partners in Bank of Ireland.
TCPID Student Trip to Google HQ
Our students were lucky enough to be invited to Google Ireland for the tour of their wonderful Dublin HQ.
Laptops donated to TCPID by GE Capital Aviation Services
Rebecca Connolly and Michael Deeny from GE Capital Aviation Services met with our students and staff when they came in to donate seven brand new laptops to the TCPID.
Certificate in Contemporary Living Graduation 2016
Congratulations to our 12 Certificate in Contemporary Living students who graduated from Trinity College on Friday November 18th 2016.
Business Partners Work Placement Programme
Paula Conradie and Kieran Biddulph, students from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, along with graduate Tomas Murphy tell us about their experience on work placement with some of the TCPID Business Partners.
Business Partners Programme Launched
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) launched a Business Partners programme, promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace on Monday the 24th of October 2016.
New Student Orientation
Our seven new Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice students recently joined us for a two day Trinity College orientation.
New Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice
We are delighted to announce that our new 2 year certificate course in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice is now aligned to Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
New Publication from Dr John Kubiak
Dr John Kubiak has a new publication out in The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education. The article is titled: Using Concept Mapping as a Learning Tool for College Students with an Intellectual Disability.
Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Applications Now Open
Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice is a course for people with Intellectual disabilities and September 2016 will be the first time this course will run in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin.
Open Evening 2016-2018 22nd April 2016
We are delighted to announce we are having an Open Evening to introduce our new Course named Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice (formerly known as the Certificate in Contemporary Living Course).
Going to College: Barriers and supports to participating in college life8th March 2016
This past Michaelmas term was the first time in the history of TCD that students with intellectual disabilities registered with Disability Service and accessed some of the supports available to students with disabilities. Although this is an important first step towards ensuring equality and inclusivity of students with intellectual disabilities, current policies and procedures must be re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriately meeting the needs of students with intellectual disabilities to participate in university life. The first step to this examination of perspectives and practice is to ask students with intellectual disabilities to reflect on their university experience and have them identify barriers and supports to attending college and participating in college life. The students from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities have been engaging in a participatory action research project where they have been examining the barriers and supports to participating in college life with a disability. Students have been key players in the data collection and analysis process of the research project and will be disseminating their research findings at this event. This event will showcase the work of students and inform the extended college community on how best to support the inclusion of students with disabilities in university through policy and practice.
Trinity Equality Fund Award 2015/201611th Feb 2016
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2015/16 Trinity Equality Fund Awards. The awards provide funds to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality initiatives and aim to raise awareness on equality issues and promote diversity in Trinity. The award will be used to aid the staff and students of the Centre to undertake a videography project to showcase the inclusive learning that takes place at Trinity College.
Congratulations to our Sports Scholarships award winners!27th Nov 2015
Congratulations to our sports scholars from Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Maeve Phillips and Fiacra Costello.
Maeve & Fiacra received their awards from Mr. Hugo MacNeill who funded the scholarships for students from Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities at the annual Trinity Sports Scholarships Awards 2015/16.
Click here for more information about the Sports scholarship award can be found here.
Dr John Kubiak has a new publication out in the International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities24th Nov 2015
This paper reports on an inclusive research project which was conducted in one Irish higher education institution where a postsecondary educational (PSE) program is offered for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). A definition of inclusive research is presented and the current research project is placed within this framework with the roles of both participants (six co-researchers with ID) and sample (eighteen students with ID) outlined.
This paper focuses on the processes of this collaboration and the benefits and challenges encountered. While the input and expertise of co-researchers were vital in providing guidance to the design and presentation of information on the research to their peers with ID, the participation of these students also involved risks. These included the identity shift that came with the role of co-researcher that was on occasions, problematic for co-researchers to navigate, and the inherent difficulties with the unequal power relationships between this current author and co-researchers. Despite these challenges however, it is concluded that the participation of these co-researchers with ID goes some way in addressing preconceived notions that come with the label of ID, and that the research field stands to benefit significantly from their involvement.
To celebrate the move of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) to the School of Education following ten productive years as part of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, the School of Education is delighted to announce the formal launch of the newly re-designed Centre for Inclusion and Intellectual Disability, or 'The Centre' as it will be more commonly known. This celebratory event took place in The Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, TCD, at 5 pm on Tuesday, 19th May. We are delighted that the Provost officially launched 'The Centre' in the company of students, graduates and family members, as well as staff from across college and representatives of business partnerships, whose consistent support is essential to promote pathways to employment for our graduates. A number of long term supporters of the NIID and colleagues from support services also attended the event including members of the former management committee.
Congratulations to our CCL Student's with their sporting achievements15th April 2015
Trinity's Swim scholar Maeve Phillips won bronze in the backstroke 50m and gold in the butterfly 25m at The European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships 2015 in Southampton. Maeve also claimed the European record, knocking 3 seconds off the previous record. Fiachra Costello, Gaelic Football scholar also received a trophy for sportsperson of the year from his coach. Brilliant achievements all around!
Intake 2015 - 2016 Announcement1st April 2015
We are pleased to announce that with the successful transition of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability to the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, the Certificate in Contemporary Living Programme will be redeveloped over the next twelve months with the intention of situating the course on the National Framework of Qualifications.
We look forward to introducing the newly conceptualised programme in September 2016, however, this means that we will not take on a new cohort of students in September 2015. Further updates regarding our next Open Day in 2016 will be added to our website news page.
A chapter entitled 'Experiences of Learning: Students With Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education in Ireland' by John Kubiak and Michael Shevlin, has been included in the book Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, A volume in International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice, (Series Editors: Elinor L. Brown, Rhonda G. Craven, and George F. McLean).
CCL Students visit the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin26th March 2015
The Certificate in Contemporary Living students had a recent trip to the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The CCL Students thoroughly enjoyed this outing.
The trip was planned and organised by the St. Vincent de Paul club who run a social group with CCL students every Wednesday at lunchtime.
CCL Student Maeve Philips launches the Water Polo Intervarsity's competition4th March 2015
Our swimming scholar Maeve Philips launched the Water Polo Intervarsities Competition held in Trinity Sports Centre on Friday 30th January.
As it's a combined swim/water polo club, Maeve and her family were invited to attend with Maeve throwing in the ball for the first game to start the tournament.
Also in attendance were members of the club committee along with Trinity's water polo sports scholar, Kevin Johnston, and some representatives from various governing bodies.
Trinity went on to do the double at the Water Polo Intervarsities winning both men's & ladies finals. Well done to all involved.
CCL Students Fiachra Costello and Maeve Philips awarded Sports Scholarship4th Dec 2014
Two outstanding athletes from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) were presented with the Trinity College Sports Scholarships at a ceremony last night in the Pavilion Bar. Fiachra Costello and Maeve Philips, who are both first year students on the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), were awarded the first ever sport scholarships for students on the CCL programme.
Fiachra and Maeve were presented with their award by Trinity's Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner as well as former Irish rugby international Hugo MacNeill who has been a champion of the NIID for many years.
Fiachra was awarded his award for Gaelic Football and is currently training and playing on the college Fresher's team. Maeve is a keen swimmer and a Special Olympian. Maeve is hoping to qualify for next year's World Games in Los Angeles. Watch this space!
Congratulations to both recipients of this year's inaugural NIID Sports Scholarships awardees who are the first CCL students to have the honour of representing the University. We hope they will aspire to even greater successes in their retrospective sporting ambitions.
Congratulations CCL Graduates 2014!26th Nov 2014
Students of the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) - a course for people with intellectual disability - graduated at a ceremony in the Public Theatre on Friday, November 14th. The sixteen students who were awarded their certificates are now the seventh cohort to graduate from this pioneering and innovative Trinity programme.
The CCL allows people with an intellectual disability an opportunity to experience tertiary education and the richness of life as a college student. There are three aspects to the CCL programme - academic learning, personal growth and career development. The programme provides support through taught sessions, careers advice, work placements and personal planning to enable individuals to gain in independence and receive recognition for their achievements. The certificate course has been recognised nationally and is beginning to gain international recognition for its innovative commitment to inclusion.
Commenting on the significance of the achievement of CCL graduates, course co-ordinator Dr John Kubiak said: 'Since 2008, over one hundred students have graduated from the course. A number of them are in employment while others are pursuing education or training opportunities. Every one of them is a role model and an ambassador for the CCL and their experiences and achievements will inspire future students.'
CCL Graduate Clare Knox was the recipient of the annual Margaret McLoughlin Student Prize. The prize was established in the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) by a generous gift from the McLoughlin family and friends and was presented to Clare by Joan McLoughlin at a reception in the NIID after the graduation ceremony.
Welcome first year Certificate in Contemporary Living Students 2014 - 2015!28th Oct 2014
The NIID welcomed a group of new first year students who officially began their CCL journey in Trinity College on September 23rd. Students were delighted to discover all of what Trinity has to offer, including tours of the campus, library and sports centre. One of the highlights including the collection of the coveted Trinity student card!
Paula, a first year student, reflected on her first week in Trinity as she starts her next chapter in college:
'I met so many new friends on my first week in Trinity College. I felt so excited on my first week in Trinity College. I enjoyed my first week in Trinity College.
I went to the library on the Trinity campus. I enjoyed it. I felt so happy going home on my last day. I was tired. My highlight was going to the Trinity College campus for my lunch and to get my student card. I feel so happy to be a student in Trinity College now. My wish has come true.' Paula
For all of our students reflections on their new and exciting next phase, please see below or read more on what the CCL Students had to say about their experience of starting in Trinity.