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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.

Unique Aspects of the Course

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.

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 would normally: 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. and/or 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 year part-time

UCC and Limerick
Friday nights and Saturdays at selected weekends from September to May

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
t: +353 21 4904700

Norma Browne

Subjects taught

Modules are as follows:

Year 1 Modules:
AD5832: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Inclusion (Disability Studies) (10 credits)
An interdisciplinary module informed by the arts, humanities and social sciences that investigates society's understanding of disability from a historical, social, cultural, political, legal, global and educational perspective.

AD5833: Introduction to Sensory Awareness and Communication (5 credits)
Deaf, Deaf-blind, Vision impaired and Blind Awareness: types of deafness, deaf-blindness, vision impairment and blindness; preferred communication methods; acceptable terminology; attitudes towards deafness and blindness; technical and mobility aids; LSPs; national organisations working with deaf, deaf-blind people, vision impaired and blind people. Communication Tactics with deaf and deaf-blind people - basic skills for communicating with deaf or deaf-blind people. Mobility and daily living strategies for vision impaired and blind people.

AD5834: Introduction to Assistive Technologies (5 credits)
Introduction to Assistive Technology; Information Technology; Accessible formats.

AD5835: The Social Context of Mental Health (5 credits)
Theories and definitions of mental health and distress from a historical, cultural, medical, social and holistic perspectives; contemporary debates on policy and practice on mental health issues; ethics and values in mental health; the role of service users in mental health policy practice; links between creativity and mental distress.

*AD5848: Universal Design and Inclusive Strategies (5 credits)
Inclusive strategies; universal design; universal design for learning; critical skills/analysis.

Year 2 Modules:
AD5837: Introduction to Inclusive Programme Design and Presentation (10 credits)
Promotional materials - hidden deterrents and influences, effective advertising; reflecting on current teaching practices; making learning manageable and constructive; effective communication with students; flexible approaches to assessment; dealing with lab practicals, placements and field trips; developing support networks.

AD5838: Inclusion and Development (Disability Studies) (5 credits)
Definitions and models of disability which inform policy and practice in developing countries will be reviewed. The personal experiences of people living with an impairment will be considered. The role of the community and of carers will be examined. The contribution of International and National organisations of disabled people will also form part of the module.

AD5839: Sport, Leisure and Inclusion (Disability Studies) (5 credits)
Types of sports and leisure; common barriers to sport and leisure for people with disabilities in Ireland; comparative analysis with other countries; adapted sports; making sport and leisure accessible to people with disabilities; sport and leisure as tools for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

AD5840: Creative Art, Culture and Inclusion (Disability Studies) (10 credits)
Various cultural forms including painting, sculpture, literature, poetry, music, theatre and dance; popular culture including television programmes, pop music, films, art design fashion; the visibility and invisibility of disability (beggars, street sellers, hawkers); freak shows and circuses.

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

€2,400 per academic year.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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