Accessing Mainstream Training: Barriers for People with Intellectual Disabilities
This report examines the barriers to accessing mainstream training experienced by WALK service users, who are people with intellectual disabilities.
The right to education is enshrined in Irish and international law and a specific requirement is made in Irish equality legislation for the reasonable accommodation of people with disabilities in accessing services such as training and education. Despite this, people with intellectual disabillities experience significant barriers in accessing mainstream training and education. This is borne out by national statistics which demonstrate low participation in higher and further education by people with disabilities.
The barriers identified by this study include: barriers arising from attitudes; barriers arising from stigma; there is a hierarchy of disabilities; low expectations; barriers arising from lack of capacity in the sector; lack of coherent policies - failure to mainstream; structural barriers; practical barriers.
Extract from the report's executive summary