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Center for Independent Living/NUI Maynooth Certificate in Disability Studies October 2012

The Center for Independent Living in conjunction with NUI Maynooth is pleased to offer a Certificate in Disability Studies commencing in October 2012.  This course focuses on the philosophy of Independent Living which is about people with disabilities having responsibility for their own lives and control over the mechanisms that are required to meet their needs.

The Centre for Independent Living (CIL) was established in Carmichael House in 1992 by and for people with disabilities, with the main aim of ensuring that people with disabilities achieved Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens. CIL strives to bring about a social model of service delivery and to ensure policy decisions would include input from those whose lives were actually affected. It also held an action-research role in monitoring developments in the world of Independent Living. CIL CMH has supported the development of 22 CILs throughout Ireland.

The aims of the Certificate include:

  • To examine a variety of theoretical perspectives of disability.
  • To understand the Independent Living Philosophy.
  • To examine a rights based approach to disability.

The key objectives of this course are as follows: 

  • To enable participants to critically evaluate their perceptions of disability.
  • To equip participants with the knowledge and tools to effect change in attitudes.
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to explore the barriers to inclusion.
  • To give participants an opportunity to share experience and learn from each other.

Course Venue and duration:

The Certificate in Disability Studies will commence in October 2012.

The venue for the Certificate is the Temple Bar Hotel, Fleet St, Dublin 2.

The Certificate will be delivered over 100 hours between October 2012 – April 2013. 

Who is this course for?

  • People with disabilities.
  • People working in the disability sector.
  • People who wish to learn more about disability and independent living.

Admission Requirements

Each participant in the course must be 21 years or over at the time of application.  Experience or interest in the disability sector is essential.  Participants must be willing to reflect on their own practice, attitudes and beliefs.  Course participants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to learning in a group setting and have adequate skills to fully participate in a NUI Certificate Course.


The Certificate in Disability Studies is a Level 7 accredited award on the National Framework of Qualifications of Ireland. For further information on the National Framework of Qualifications please see the following link: http://www.nfq.ie/nfq/en/FanDiagram/nqai_nfq_08.html

Course Fees

 The fee per student is €1,000.

Application and Further Information

For application forms and further information please contact: Jane Clare, CIL Carmichael House by phone on 01 8730455, 087 272 1834 or by email at janeclare@dublincil.org


Please also find further information on the Center for Independent Living website: http://www.dublincil.org/disability_studies_training.html

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The closing date for application for the Certificate in Disability Studies is Friday 17th of August.