Inclusion Ireland and researchers from Trinity College Dublin are running a research project, supported by the National Disability Authority.
The project is about social inclusion.
People with intellectual disabilities are more likely to experience social exclusion than non-disabled people.
But there are also many people living ordinary lives in the community.
We want to find people with intellectual disabilities who are living and participating in the community.
We want to hear their stories.
The Research Team
Tomás Murphy is a graduate of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Tomás represented the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (now the Trinity Centre) at a conference in Mason University, Washington DC where he participated as part of a panel. He also attended the Nordic Disability Research conference in Iceland. In New York, Tomás gave a presentation to the Ireland Funds about the Certificate in Contemporary Living which he completed in Trinity. Tomás is now working two full days a week in a top Irish Law firm, A & L Goodbody.
Margaret Turley did the Certificate in Contemporary Living in Trinity College Dublin. Margaret graduated from Trinity having won the Margaret McLoughlin award for Student of the Year. Margaret currently works for Ernst and Young
Christine Magee is an assistant researcher on this project and she will be carrying out the interviews with persons with intellectual disabilities who have a positive story to tell about social inclusion. Christine will be working closely with her colleagues Tomas and Margaret to carry out the interviews. Christine will also produce a report on the findings from the interviews. The report will include recommendations for policy changes.
Edurne Garcia is a lecturer at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. Edurne does research on the social inclusion of people with disabilities. In her work, she involves people with people with intellectual disabilities. Since 2009, Edurne has been a supporter of the Inclusive Research Network, a group of people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters who conduct research in Ireland. She is providing advice on this project. More information about Edurne here.
Michael Feely is a disability researcher at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. Michael is interested in supporting self-advocacy by people with intellectual disabilities. He is providing academic support on this project. More information about Michael here.
*This project is inspired by ’19 Stories of Social Inclusion’ carried out by the Disability Research Institute at the University of Melbourne and community partners.