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LIT Attends Launch of the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum (INHEF)

The Inclusive National Higher Education Forum (INHEF) is a national interest group comprised of representatives of higher education providers and other professionals interested in supporting access routes and inclusive education initiatives to learners with intellectual disabilities in Ireland.

The forum was officially launched in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, 10th October 2019. INHEF is Ireland’s first national forum dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion amongst inclusive higher education providers by the development of post-secondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.

There are 10 higher education institutions in Ireland offering special options for people with intellectual disabilities, LIT is one of these. Martina Neylon, coordinator of the Advocacy, Leadership and Independent Living programme is a member of the forum steering committee.

The vision of INHEF is to embed inclusive education initiatives and alternative access routes into the higher education landscape in the Republic of Ireland so that students with intellectual disabilities have meaningful post-secondary educational opportunities available to them. The INHEF are calling for partners in Government, higher and further education, and the employers’ community to help to achieve their goals.

The INHEF notes that people with intellectual disabilities have been largely absent from higher education in Ireland, despite increasing numbers now attending mainstream secondary schools, which they argue has led to higher levels of underemployment and unemployment among this group.

INHEF have launched a new website (developed by Martina Neylon LIT) which includes essential information on all 10 inclusive education initiatives that are accessible for students with intellectual disabilities across Ireland. More information can be found at http://inhef.ie.

(Back row: left to right) Dr Deirdre Corby [DCU], Dr Carmel Toff Andersen [DCU], Ms Martina Neylon [LIT], Dr Máire Leane [UCC], Ms Edel Lynn [AIT], Dr Orla Slattery [MIC], Dr Sinéad Foran [WIT], Ms Gina Grant [Donegal ETB Board Member]
(Front row: left to right) Trinity College Provost Patrick Prendergast, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Mr Stephen Lyons [Graduate TU Dublin], Mr Des Aston [TCD], Dr Anne O'Byrne [MIC], Prof. Michael Shevlin [TCD].
(Back row: left to right) Dr Deirdre Corby [DCU], Dr Carmel Toff Andersen [DCU], Ms Martina Neylon [LIT], Dr Máire Leane [UCC], Ms Edel Lynn [AIT], Dr Orla Slattery [MIC], Dr Sinéad Foran [WIT], Ms Gina Grant [Donegal ETB Board Member] (Front row: left to right) Trinity College Provost Patrick Prendergast, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Mr Stephen Lyons [Graduate TU Dublin], Mr Des Aston [TCD], Dr Anne O'Byrne [MIC], Prof. Michael Shevlin [TCD].

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