University of Galway has secured €814,000 under a special funding programme to improve access to higher education and learning for people with intellectual disability.

 

University of Galway has secured €814,000 under a special funding programme to improve access to higher education and learning for people with intellectual disability. 1
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The funding will enable the University to put in place a new programme for students with intellectual disability called ‘Cumas – a Foundational Certificate in Learning and Community’.

The aim of the programme is to provide students with a third level learning experience which will develop their knowledge, social engagement and employment prospects.

University of Galway has secured €814,000 under a special funding programme to improve access to higher education and learning for people with intellectual disability. 3
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Speaking about the funding, Imelda Byrne, Head of the University of Galway Access Centre, said:

This is a very inspiring time for University of Galway.

We in the Access Centre are really thrilled to be allocated funding from the Higher Education Authority to pilot Cumas.

This funding will enable the University to develop a high-quality, well-resourced programme for people with intellectual disabilities, people that have been traditionally excluded from Higher Education.

University of Galway has secured €814,000 under a special funding programme to improve access to higher education and learning for people with intellectual disability. 5
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Our University is signalling a commitment to the principle that Higher Education is and should be accessible to all.

Welcoming the announcement Minister Rabbitte said:

Expanding access to higher education and learning for people with intellectual disabilities holds immense benefits for individuals and society as a whole.

It empowers individuals to unlock their full potential, fostering personal growth, independence, and self-confidence.

Learning new skills and acquiring knowledge can open doors to employment opportunities, leading to greater financial security and social inclusion.

Secondly, it challenges societal perceptions and dismantles discriminatory barriers, promoting diversity and understanding within educational institutions and the wider community.

This creates a more inclusive and equitable society where everyone, regardless of ability, has the chance to contribute and thrive.

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Furthermore, increased participation in higher education can lead to groundbreaking research and innovation, as individuals with intellectual disabilities bring unique perspectives and experiences to the table.

When individuals with intellectual disabilities are given the chance to contribute their unique ideas and solutions, we tap into a previously under used wellspring of potential, leading to a more vibrant and dynamic society.

In essence, opening doors to higher education for people with intellectual disabilities isn’t just about granting access, it’s about investing in a brighter future for all and creating a more just, equitable, and prosperous society for everyone.

This funding builds on support from the HEA for the University’s multi-sensory room, which was opened last September, as part of efforts to make the Galway city campus more inclusive and sensory friendly.

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The project was supported by the HEA’s Fund for Students with Disabilities and HEA PATH 4 Phase 1.

University of Galway is delighted that this funding will support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals number 4: Quality Education; and number 10: Reduced Inequalities.

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Learn more about the funding here: https://ow.ly/1ilx50QzEeK

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