The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL)

The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), is a flagship programme which has seen University College Cork open its doors for the first time to students with intellectual disabilities.

Inclusive education for people with intellectual disabilities is being promoted at primary and secondary level, however adults with intellectual disabilities are largely denied opportunity for 3rd level participation.


life3The CCL programme which initially began in 2009 as a pilot initiative with three service providers in the Cork area, namely Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity and Cope Foundation has now developed into a two year part-time NUI special purpose certificate programme.  To date the programme has over 40 graduates and another cohort of 23 students enrolled in September 2014.  The programme is characterized by innovative teaching and learning activities designed to help students develop strategic skills to promote self-reliance and independence and increased participation in society.

The programme exemplifies a creative, mutually enriching synergy between the university and the local civic society and represents a bespoke response to an educational need identified by the local community. The CCL course provides structured opportunities for embedded knowledge exchange facilitating interaction and shared learning between students with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled students pursuing programmes such as sports studies, social work, occupational therapy and speech and language etc. at UCC.

School Applied Social Studies
Staff members involved Dr Máire Leane, Applied Social Studies, Course Director,
Ms Deirdre Madden (Disability Office), Lecturer
Ms Nicola Maxwell, Applied Social Studies, Lecturer
Ms Andre Kenneally, Applied Social Studies, Course Co-ordinator,
Date: 24 October 2014

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