Presentation on theme: "CAOILINN KENNEDY STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK Disability Awareness."— Presentation transcript:
CAOILINN KENNEDY STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK Disability Awareness
What Will We Achieve Today? Models of disability Awareness of disability legislation General knowledge of students with disabilities on campus Knowledge of Disability Support Services Identify some accommodations we can make
Models of Disability Medical Model Victim Unwell Tragic Focus on impairment Dependent
Models of Disability Social Model Focus on environment Active citizenship Consumer Equal Rights Participation in society
Disability Legislation Disability Act 2005 Employment Equality Act 1998 and 2004 Equal Status Act 2000 and 2004 Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004
University of Limerick Definition of Disability In the context of the University the term “People with Disabilities” is used in the widest possible sense. It includes people with impaired mobility, those with partial or complete loss of sight or hearing. Those with learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia). Those with hidden disabilities such as mental health, epilepsy or Autism. It also includes a wide range of other disabilities which require a facility which is not part of the mainstream provision of the University and without which students would be educationally disadvantaged in comparison to their peers.
UL Students with Disability (last year) DisabilityNumber of Students Autism32 Blind22 Deaf16 Dyspraxia28 Mental Health27 Multiple5 Neurological20 Physical40 Significant on-going illness79 SpLD265 ADD/ADHD18
Disability Services Over 600 students registered Disability Officer Brenda Shinners- Kennedy Administrator Michelle Hartnett Assistive Technology Thomas O Shaughnessy Conor Hartigan Alternative Format Peter Dooley Student Support Caoilinn Kennedy
Disability Services Students are given several opportunities to disclose a disability. Most students disclose at entry. Students can register with Disability Support Services at any point throughout the academic year. Needs Assessment is carried out Information about new students is disseminated to academic departments all year around. DSS do not make diagnosis
Reasonable Accommodations The Equal Status Act 2004 requires the University to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities by providing special treatment or facilities so that it is not impossible or unduly difficult for students to avail of services provided within the University.
Supports Available Nature of disability Sign language interpreter Assistive technology Personal assistant Exam accommodations Mentor Meeting with Occupational Therapist
Engagement Engagement for students with disabilities has arisen as an issue Language Communicate directly Treat adults as adults Be patient if someone has a speech difficulty Never pretend to understand
Engagement Don’t be nervous to ask someone to repeat themselves. Don’t mention the person’s disability unless it is relevant. Ask what the person may need. Take some initiative