Inclusive Learning and the Provision of Reasonable Accommodations to Students with Disabilities in Higher Ed in Ireland
The Inclusive Education Road Map is a series of outputs produced by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD), in collaboration with the Disability Advisers Working Network (DAWN). It brings together two years of research on the inclusion of students with disabilities in higher education and concludes that an inclusive approach based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles would provide an effective framework to include and improve the retention of, not only students with disabilities, but a diverse range of students including migrants, mature students, international students, and students from different socio-economic backgrounds.
This publication which is one output of the Road Map series, provides comprehensive guidelines on how Inclusive Learning can be implemented and outlines good practice in the provision of Reasonable Accommodations. A model for inclusive teaching, learning, and assessment is suggested with responsibilities outlined at a national, institutional, course, and Disability Service level. The model is supported by examples of good practice and case studies are taken from a range of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This model proposes the adoption of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supported by National Access Plans, teaching & learning policies, HEI strategic plans, and the provision of funding.
This output is accompanied by a host of useful guidelines, templates and resources for third level staff which can be found in the Appendix below. These resources are held online rather than within the document for ease of updating, and individual downloading/editing. If you are using the template forms/policies contained with these resources, please ensure that you reference the source of the material in your finalised documents.