UCD Centre for Disability Studies

Welcome to the UCD Centre for Disability Studies.

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies was founded in 1996 under the name ‘The Centre for the Study of Developmental Disabilities’. Inspired by developments in the United States, the Centre is Ireland’s first university-affiliated disability centre. By 2002, the Centre’s activities beyond the field of developmental disabilities were recognised in a rebranding of the Centre as the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, a development that also recognised the appointment of the then Director, Prof Patricia Noonan Walsh, as the NDA Chair in Disability Studies, the first and only professorial disability Chair in Ireland. In 2005, the Centre joined the School of Psychology.

Associate Professor Christine Linehan, current Director of the Centre, and Associate Professor Suzanne Guerin, Deputy Director, now lead the Centre. Activities include a national and international portfolio of multi- and inter-disciplinary research, teaching, training, and public engagement seminars that aim to develop our understandings of disability. These activities explore the nature of disability, the impact of disability on people with disabilities, their families and wider social context, and how services can meet the needs and maximise the potential of people with disabilities and their families.

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate teachings in disability. The MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, our flagship programme, provides a unique opportunity for those working or aspiring to work in the disability field to receive tuition in both rehabilitative practice and disability studies. Details on the MSc can be found here.

If you are interested to receive updates on our activities please follow this link for registration.

MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies – Class of 2018 Graduation

Wed, 12 September 18 12:31

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to celebrate the graduation of our Class of 2018. Following the graduation ceremony at the O’Reilly Hall on Thursday 6th September, our graduates met with Prof Andrew Deeks, President of UCD, for some photographs by the lake.  Our congratulations to all.
 

UCD Centre for Disability Studies’ Annual Discussions in Disability – click here for presentations

Mon, 10 September 18 11:00

Our thanks to all those who supported the UCD Centre for Disability Studies’ 2018 Discussions in Disability seminar which explored Assisted Decision Making. Associate Professor Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, opened the seminar to a packed William Fry Theatre with over 100 guests. Professor Colin Scott, UCD Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion gave a warm welcome and spoke to the tensions between expert concepts of best interest and individual self-determination.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies 2018 Discussions in Disability Seminar

Tue, 21 August 18 10:45

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies looks forward to welcoming all our guest speakers and delegates to our Discussions in Disability Seminar next Monday, August 27, at the William Fry Theatre, Sutherland School of Law.

IDEA (Intellectual Disability: Explorations and Approaches) Conference at NUIG, 5th September 2018

Tue, 7 August 18 11:20

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to contribute to the IDEA Network’s seminar at NUIG’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy on September 5th. IDEA, Intellectual Disability: Explorations and Approaches, brings together a national and international panel of speakers to discuss legal, historical and current issues relevant to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Registration for this free event

5th IASSIDD European Congress report

Wed, 25 July 18 14:11

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies was well represented at the 5th IASSIDD European Congress from 18th-20th July in Athens, Greece. IASSIDD is the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the leading professional association for those working in the intellectual and developmental disability field. The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is an executive member on the IASSIDD Special Interest Group on Comparative Policy and Practice (CPP) and was represented at IASSIDD Executive Council meetings throughout the conference.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies announcement of the 2018 Discussions in Disability seminar

Fri, 29 June 18 14:23

UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce our annual Discussions in Disability seminar for 2018. This year the seminar will address the topic of Assisted Decision Making. The seminar will take place in UCD Belfield campus on Monday 27th August 2018.

Scholarship: full fee support for access students with economic need

Wed, 27 June 18 10:36

The College of Social Sciences and Law are offering scholarships for full fee support to one access student with economic need on a taught postgraduate programme in each of the College’s Schools for entry in 2018/2019.

GDPR announcement

Fri, 25 May 18 10:24

You may be aware that the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are changing today (25th May 2018). The UCD Centre for Disability Studies has adopted an opt-in approach for people to receive our communications. If you would like to continue to receive information about our disability-related seminars, research activities, and our degree programmes, please click on the Update Your Details button on the right.

Interested in developing your skills to work in the disability sector?

Tue, 12 June 18 12:17

Applications are welcome for the final places available on the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at UCD for entry in September 2018. Delivered by the UCD Centre for Disability Studies in the UCD School of Psychology, the MSc is an advanced qualification for those working or volunteering in the disability field.

Apply now via www.ucd.ie/courses/MSc-Disability-Rehabilitation-Studies

UCD Centre for Disability Studies second year student was invited guest at the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities.

Thu, 4 January 18 10:24

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to celebrate the achievement of David Lysaght, a second year student on our MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. On December 6th 2017 David was an invited guest at the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities, jointly organised by the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Parliament (EP).

UCD CDS hosts Intellectual Disability Awareness Session for Homeless Services Staff

Thu, 21 December 17 10:34

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to support the Dublin Region Homeless Executive to host an “Intellectual Disability Awareness Session for Homeless Services Staff” on 27 November 2017.

UCD CDS hosts seminar on Local Access Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities

Mon, 4 December 17 11:47

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies in conjunction with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and the UCD Geary Institute co-hosted a seminar by Prof Charles E. Drum, Oregon Health & Science University on November 16th 2017. “Addressing Local Access Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities with the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI ): From Practice-Based Evidence to Knowledge Translation Research”. Prof Charles Drum’s presentation detailed evidenced-based grassroots community coalition process called the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) which aims to identify local access barriers experienced by persons with disabilities through a process of Town Hall Meetings for persons with disabilities, families, and other caregivers. Delegates discussed the possibilities of introducing this type of collaborative work within the Irish context

UCD Centre for Disability Studies 2017 Event: Disability and Ethnic Minority

Fri, 11 August 17 14:13

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies celebrated its 21st birthday with a full day seminar on Disability and Ethnic Minority on Friday 28th July in the William Fry Theatre, UCD Sutherland School of Law. Throughout the day self-advocates, researchers, practitioners, policy advisors and service providers heard from a wide variety of speakers and delegates.  The conference was opened with a warm welcome to UCD by Associate Professor Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and Prof Colin Scott, Principal of the College of Social Science and Law.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies 2017 Discussions in Disability Seminar

Wed, 14 June 17 14:45

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies’ 2017 Discussions in Disability Seminar will be hosted in the William Fry Theatre, Sutherland School of Law on Friday 28th July starting at 10.30.

UCD Epilepsy Study features in Fingal Independent

Mon, 26 June 17 10:14

Post-doctoral fellow Dr Ailbhe Benson and MD scholar Dr Alex Gunko were recently interviewed by Fingal Independent regarding the ESBACE project, a European-wide study of epilepsy.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies; applications now open for MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

Wed, 15 March 17 12:30

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is now accepting applications for our two-year part-time MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

Survey of light touch services for those who are deemed ineligible for social care support

Mon, 12 December 16 10:31

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is pleased to support a survey of ‘light touch’ services being undertaken by Prof Julie Beadle-Brown, Tizard Centre, University of Kent.  While this survey is being managed from the UK, the authors are keen to hear from service providers in other jurisdictions.
 

Universal Design walkabout on UCD Campus

Fri, 11 November 16 14:39

Students on the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies joined forces with students from the School of Architecture for a combined workshop on Universal Design.

Video - Maximising Knowledge Transfer & Exchange Using an Evidence-based Model

Thu, 10 November 16 10:26

Knowledge Transfer & Exchange (KTE) is the process by which research is positioned to impact on policy and practice.  In this presentation to the school Dr Suzanne Guerin asks how do we as researchers maximise our KTE activities.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies represented at the 12th European Congress of Epileptology in Prague, Czech Republic, September 2016.

Mon, 26 September 16 11:55

Dr Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies delivered two invited presentations at the 12th European Congress of Epileptology hosted in Prague 12-16 September 2016.

2016 Disability Studies graduation

Fri, 9 September 16 10:29

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to celebrate the graduation of our Class of 2016.

20th anniversary of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies celebrated

Mon, 25 July 16 10:28

The 20th anniversary of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies was celebrated in style on the 14th and 15th of July 2016 in the George Moore Auditorium, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, on the Belfield Campus.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies 20th Anniversary

Tue, 10 May 16 10:15

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to celebrate its 20th anniversary by hosting a number of events in UCD this summer.  On July 14th we will be hosting a free all-day event ‘Discussions in Disability’ which includes discussions on individualised budgets, assistive technologies and risk.   On July 15th Prof Mike Kerr, the leading international expert in epilepsy and intellectual disability will host an interactive workshop on “Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability; Reducing risk, improving quality of life”. A nominal charge applies.  For further details of content and registration please click on the title of each event

Centre for Disability Studies applications for Masters in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies is open

Wed, 11 May 16 12:30

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is now accepting applications for the second round of the Masters in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies delivers symposium on intellectual disability, epilepsy and co-morbidities at the German International League against Epilepsy conference

Tue, 8 March 16 13:53

Dr Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies, joined Prof Mike Kerr, Psychiatrist at Cardiff University &NHS, UK and Dr Christian Brandt, Neurologist at Bethel Clinic Bielefeld, Germany to deliver a symposium on intellectual disability, epilepsy and co-morbidities at the German International League against Epilepsy conference. The conference was hosted in the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena from March 2nd to March 5th 2016

UCD Centre for Disability Studies 20th Anniversary Seminar - save the date.

Mon, 29 February 16 11:21

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce a full day free seminar to celebrate our 20th anniversary. This event will take place in UCD on Thursday 14th July 2016. Please save the date. Further details will be announced on this website.

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to support the “I See Beyond” campaign

Thu, 18 February 16 10:51

The campaign aims to raise awareness of hidden disabilities and the challenges these conditions can present in day to day life. 

Apply now for the Masters in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Mon, 7 December 15 11:42

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is now accepting applications for the Masters in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies joins European Study on the Burden and Care of Epilepsy

Mon, 30 November 15 14:19

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce its membership of a European consortium who were successfully awarded 1.2 million euro by the European Commission’s DG SANTE.  

Professor Gerard Quinn’s keynote address at the ‘Current Irish Research in Disability’ seminar followed by Martin Naughton's response

Fri, 16 October 15 14:46

The seminar was co-hosted by UCD Centre for Disability Studies, the Irish Disability Studies Association and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUIG on Friday 9th October 2015.

UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to co-host a seminar entitled ‘Current Irish Research in Disability’ with the Irish Disability Studies Association and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUIG on Friday 9th October 2015. Prof Gerard Quinn, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUIG, delivered a keynote address ‘All Power to the People – why change on disability policy is so slow in Ireland: Lessons for the next generation of researchers’.  Martin Naughton, disability activist, support officer with the Disability Federation of Ireland, and Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy provided a robust and thought-provoking response to Prof Gerard Quinn’s keynote address . 

UCD Centre for Disability Studies co-hosts a ‘Current Irish Research in Disability’ seminar with the Irish Disability Studies Association and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUIG.

Tue, 13 October 15 16:04

UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to co-host a seminar entitled ‘Current Irish Research in Disability’ with the Irish Disability Studies Association and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUIG on Friday 9th October.  

Graduation of our 2015 Disability Studies class

Thu, 10 September 15 12:21

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to announce the graduation of our 2015 class.

Moving Ahead: Factors contributing to transfer of people with intellectual disability from congregated to community-based living options.

Fri, 29 May 15 11:22

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is pleased to publish four reports from the Moving Ahead project. The project aimed to identify key barriers and facilitators to moving people with intellectual disability from congregated to community living options.

Professor Norio Hisada visits UCD Centre for Disability Studies

Mon, 18 May 15 15:36

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies was delighted to host a visit from Professor Norio Hisada in April 2015.  Professor Hisada is employed at the Department of Community Social Welfare at Japan Women’s University.


IDEA (Intellectual Disability: Explorations and Approaches) Conference at NUIG, 5th September 2018

Tue, 7 August 18 11:20

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies is delighted to contribute to the IDEA Network’s seminar at NUIG’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy on September 5th. IDEA, Intellectual Disability: Explorations and Approaches, brings together a national and international panel of speakers to discuss legal, historical and current issues relevant to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Registration for this free event