MTU Granted €180,000 Support Access For Autistic Students And Those With Intellectual Disability

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MUNSTER Technological University has been granted €180,00 to support access for autistic students and students with an intellectual disability

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced new initiatives to support autistic students and those with an intellectual disability access third level education, backed by €3 million of funding per year, ringfenced until 2025.

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Welcoming the news, Fine Gael TD for Kerry Brendan Griffin TD said; “My colleague Minister Simon Harris has informed me that €180,000 has been granted to MTU to support autistic students and students with an intellectual disability to access third level education. This is really important funding to help equalise access to education for all.”

“The funding is ringfenced until 2025 so it allows MTU to plan ahead and improve access. The first phase of funding is for Universal Design which will be allocated to higher education institutions in 2022 to advance universal design and inclusive practices in higher education, to enhance opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities and autistic students in higher education.

“This includes improving campus accessibility such as supporting autism friendly campuses e.g., wayfinding apps, signage, and small-scale capital works such as autism-friendly spaces like sensory rooms or quiet zones.”

“This measure will complement existing student success measures in higher education for all students and learners. While benefiting all students, it will be of particular benefit to students with disabilities, including students with autism. It will also enable the development of future capacity in HEIs for creating more opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.”

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