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Facilitating Inclusion - Disability Studies

The Higher Diploma in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies) (HDFIDS) is a unique course and a progression route for graduates of the very popular part-time Diploma in Disability Studies (DDS). It is an opportunity for people working in the area of disability to enhance their knowledge and skills to enable them to support the fuller participation of people with disabilities in education, training, work and leisure. It incorporates the twin aims of lifelong learning – active citizenship and employability. The course includes an introduction to sign language, inclusive media and the skills required to successfully design a course that maximises the inclusion of people with disabilities. It also looks at the social context of mental health and autism. Accessibility to sport and leisure, the creative arts and culture also form part of this course and you'll be encouraged to contribute constructively to the ongoing debate around disability and inclusion locally, nationally and internationally.

The HDFIDS is unique: there are no similar programmes currently on offer in Ireland. It is a natural progression route for graduates of the Diploma in Disability Studies (and other courses) as well as an opportunity for anyone working in the area of disability to improve their knowledge and skills. The course also gives a progression route to a Masters in Social Science (Disability Studies).

One of our students has recently secured a post as a community employment supervisor, training 31 people on CE schemes. She observed that most of the interview focused on inclusion and feels that embarking on the HDFIDS and the DDS contributed to her getting this position. She also feels the course helps her not only in her role as supervisor and trainer but also in her work with the older people many of whom have a disability.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

While students come from different part of Munster to attend the HDFIDS, one student is commuting from Spain and she has commented that embarking on HDFIDS: "has deeply affected the way I carry out my job. I am an EFL (English Foreign Language) teacher here in Madrid, and I primarily teach people from the organisation ONCE (National Council for the Blind). It has proved hugely challenging adapting text books and my own professional training as a teacher to this post". She believes that her experience on the course has played a huge part in her professional development.

Skills and Careers Information

On successful completion of the Certificate in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies) you will be able to:

Demonstrate a critical awareness of models and theories around disability and inclusion

Apply different methods of facilitating inclusion

Apply theoretical knowledge to work, education, training and leisure practices

Facilitate people with sensory impairments in achieving their learning objectives

Demonstrate the ability to use inclusive media

Reflect on personal and professional values in relation to practice in mental health and distress

Reflect on how Autistic Spectrum Disorders are conceptualised and defined

On successful completion of the HDFIDS students should be able to:

Design and deliver courses, workshops or seminars in a way that embraces diverse learning needs

Critically assess the implications of policies and practices on the ability of people with disabilities to participate in the community locally, nationally and internationally

Identify barriers to participating in sport and leisure for people with disabilities, and ways of overcoming these

Explore key issues in creative art and culture relating to inclusion

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from those who:

Hold a primary degree in any discipline (but preferably in the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Care) and evidence of working in the area of disability, whether in a personal, professional, voluntary or community capacity)

Or the candidate can hold a Diploma in Disability Studies and have, in the opinion of the selection panel, evidence of substantial experience (at least two years) of working in the area of disability, whether in a personal, professional, voluntary or community capacity.

Candidates may be required to attend for interview. Shortlisting may apply.


2 years part-time


Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator: Norma Browne
+ 353 21 490 4731

Assessment method

Some of the modules combine in-class examinations in the form of multiple choice questions with a practical element – sign language/social media online assessment. The rest of the course is evaluated by continuous assessment through a combination of essays, reflective logs, a journal of learning, case study, oral presentation, and course design.

Course fee

€2400 per academic year

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date September 2019 - TBC

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