Disability on Campus: the challenges faced and change needed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2017 by steve

“There has been a lot of focus recently on equity issues around gender and race, but disabled academics have largely escaped attention. This is possibly due to the relatively low numbers of staff declaring or disclosing disability, in either job applications or staff surveys …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 18 May]


Student Support Schemes – Private Third Level Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2016 by steve

IrelandSeán Haughey (Dublin Bay North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make the Student Universal Support Ireland grant scheme, the disability access route to education scheme and the HEA student assistance fund scheme available to students of private third level colleges such as Griffith College in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 October]

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Department must pay €5k to disabled student over grant

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has been ordered to pay €5,000 compensation to a University College Cork student over its refusal to pay her annual grants after her disability forced her to take a three-year degree course over six years …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Applications rise for college disability route

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There has been a 20% jump in the number of CAO applicants seeking to enter college on reduced points. It follows changes in the rules for a scheme for students with a significant ongoing illness, a mental health issue or a physical disability …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 April]

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Exam body to explain why disabled students refused support

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission has bowed to pressure from the Ombudsman for Children and disability rights organisations over a lack of transparency and said it would provide an explanation to disabled Leaving Cert students who are refused exam support in the 2016 exams …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Blind academic: I don’t see what you mean, so let’s find new metaphors for knowledge

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“As somebody who has been registered as blind for three decades, I’m still startled by the array of presumptions faced by people who have visual impairments. A couple of my own anecdotes share just how likely it is for blind people to be presumed to be either unemployed, or unemployable …” (more)

[David Bolt, The Conversation, 25 June]

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Review of College Disability Service Raises Concerns about Funding Model and Stretched Resources

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Review also warns that legal action could follow if supported infrastructure not consistent across College. A quality review of the College Disability Service (DS) has raised concerns about the service’s funding model, its stretched resources and the implementation of College-wide disability policies, as well as with data protection issues …” (more)

[Paul Glynn, University Times, 12 June]

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Embracing diversity in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) published their first journal recently which I printed off with (I confess) just a passing interest. It turned out to be a compelling read from start to finish …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 31 January]

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‘I Didn’t Think of That’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2013 by steve

“Like many public buildings, College’s disability infrastructure is insufficient and incomplete. Rory O’Donoghue slams the ‘I didn’t think of that’ attitude but strikes a hopeful note for positive change in the future …” (more)

[Trinity News, 14 October]

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How to make the most of college if you have a diagnosed disability or learning difficulty?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 23rd, 2013 by steve

“One of the great success stories of the Irish third-level education system has been the supports developed over the past 25 years by Ahead for students with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Despite autism, sky’s the limit for Reilly’s son as he embarks on PhD

Posted in Life on June 12th, 2013 by steve

“The autistic son of Health Minister James Reilly has spoken of his struggles to overcome his disability throughout his education …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 12 June]

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Realising the dream, with a bit of support

Posted in Life on May 14th, 2013 by steve

“As recently as the 1980s, the idea of assistance for a student with a disability was unheard of. Now support is the norm, and 8,000 students with disabilities are in higher education …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Not All Students Are Treated Equally in Today’s Digital Era: A Call for Accessible Technology in Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2012 by steve

“Today’s college students are living in a truly digital world, often connected via multiple devices at once. While previous generations spent hours combing through large encyclopedias and reference books in campus libraries, students today have access to an unlimited amount of information at their fingertips …” (more)

[Sean Devine, Huffington Post, 7 August]

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Third Level Grants and Disability Allowance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will allow top-up student grants to be paid retrospectively if, following appeal, a decision is made by the Department of Social Protection to award to a parent of a student in respect of an academic year since passed …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 June]

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Disability is not a bar to learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2011 by steve

The Education Profile: Ann Heelan, Director, Association for Higher Education Access and Disability Colleges and employers can find it difficult to see how to include people with disabilities or how to help students and graduates reach their potential. Ann Heelan is working to change that …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Disability research institute to be set up

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2010 by steve

“Five Irish third-level institutions are to join with Michigan State University and the disability body, Respect, to create a new research institute. Its role is to develop advanced technology for the betterment of those with physical and mental disabilities …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 15 October]


College ‘vision’ for intellectually disabled people

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2010 by steve

“Mary Immaculate teacher training College in Limerick is breaking new ground in helping open up third-level education to people with intellectual disabilities …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 4 February]


Barriers to participation of deaf people in Waterford IT pilot project must be removed

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2010 by steve

“… My request can be simply stated and that is that funding be provided for sign language interpreters for five deaf people who want to participate in a course at Waterford Institute of Technology. The Unite Trade Union has been working with Waterford Institute of Technology on the development of education courses for workers that lost their jobs when Waterford Crystal closed …” (more)

[Brian O’Shea TD, Labour Party, 28 January]

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Suit settled over Kindle navigation by the blind

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2010 by steve

“The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind have settled a lawsuit against Arizona State University over its plan to deploy the Kindle DX among students. The settlement involves no monetary damages, but the university agreed to use devices that are more accessible to the blind if it chooses to deploy e-book readers …” (more)

[Jacqui Cheng, University World News, 17 January]

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Higher expectations of higher education for adults with hidden disabilities

Posted in Legal issues on January 13th, 2010 by steve

“There are now many more adults with disabilities under the age of 35 (comprehensive special education was created through P.L. 94-142 in 1975) who are better prepared for inclusion into higher education, postsecondary, and employment settings. They also have higher expectations of themselves and their chances for success as a result of being the recipients of support they received for their various conditions …” (more)

[Life Development Institute’s Blog, 12 January]

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