St Angela’s College, Sligo — disability equality studies programme

Imagine living in a world where a person might have an impairment but not be disabled. A world where impairments are seen as normal, because physical and social environments are accessible to everyone, where non-disabled people are not afraid of saying the wrong thing to a disabled person, because having an impairment, visible or hidden, is accepted as being part of life, not something strange that should arouse sympathy.

St Angela’s College, Sligo, has a vision – that disabled people are visible, empowered, and participating in every sphere of public and private life. If you share this vision, you could play a key role in helping to achieve it through one of the college's programmes.

The disability equality studies course allows you to study in a way that suits you from anywhere in the world. With online and recorded lectures and workshops in various locations, the programme provides opportunities to those not able to study full-time.

There are three options available – a stand-alone part-time module, a certificate in disability studies, and a BA in disability equality studies (with a two-year diploma option ).

Students will be equipped to challenge existing concepts of disability and can contribute towards a more equal society. Albert J, a first year student, says: “As a mature disabled person I never thought there was so much to learn about disability. This course is leading the way in changing the attitudes of society to disability and the disabled.”

The BA in health and disability studies is the only Level 8 undergraduate programme in Ireland with a disability focus. Gradutates from the programme currently work in a variety of settings — in the disability and community sector, and in direct service provision. Some have pursued further studies in speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, applied behaviour analysis, community development, and postgraduate disability studies.

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