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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

The aim of this programme is to provide participants with the skills, understanding, awareness and knowledge to be able to support the fuller participation of people with disabilities in education, training, work and leisure, and to be able to contribute constructively to the ongoing debates around disability and inclusion, locally, nationally and internationally.

On successful completion of the Certificate in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies), students should be able to:
-Demonstrate and critically appraise the social construction of disability and exclusion in a historical and contemporary context.
-Apply theories of disability to critically examine inclusive policies and practices.
-Demonstrate competence in Irish Sign Language and apply a range of skills and techniques for effective communication with people who are deaf, deaf blind.
-Identify a range of mobility and living skills applicable to people who are blind or vision impaired.
-Critically assess the impact that of social and environmental factors can have on people who are blind or vision impaired.
-Identify and evaluate key developments in assistive technology.
-Critically assess the impact of social and environmental factors on mental health in a historical and contemporary context.
-Identify effective, holistic approaches to dealing with mental health issues.

On successful completion of the Certificate in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies), students should be able to:
-Conduct needs assessments, design training materials and enact instructional methodologies cognisant of the diverse learning needs of people with disabilities.
-Critically assess the implications of policies and practices on the ability of people with disabilities to fully participate in society.
-Evaluate the role of sport and leisure activities in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.
-Identify and evaluate measures to promote inclusion in sports and leisure activities.
-Appraise the role and significance of creative arts in promoting social inclusion.
-Critically evaluate the social and environmental factors affecting the lives of people with disabilities.

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/Autism 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

Duration

2 years part-time

UCC &
Limerick

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator:
Norma Browne
norma.browne@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 490 4731
http://www.ucc.ie/study/ace/
Programme Administrator: Siobhan Hosford
siobhanhosford@ucc.ie
021 490 4702

Subjects taught

Year 1: Students complete 30 credits as follows;

AD5832: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Inclusion (Disability Studies) (10 credits)

AD5833: Introduction to Deaf, Deaf Blind, Vision Impaired Awareness and Communication (5 credits)

AD5834: Introduction to Assistive Technologies (5 credits)

AD5835: The Social Context of Mental Health (5 credits)

AD5848: Accessibility and Universal Design (5 credits)

Candidates who successfully complete Year 1 may opt not to proceed to Year 2 and may exit the programme with a Certificate in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies)

Year 2: Students will complete 30 credits as follows;

AD5836: Autism: The Social Context (5 credits)

AD5837: Design, Training and Inclusion (10 credits)

AD5838: Disability and Development: A focus on the Global South (5 credits)

AD5839: Disability, Sport and Leisure (5 credits)

AD5847: Disability, the Arts and Creative Expression (5 credits)

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

Application date

Closing Date 30th August 2019

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 https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019

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