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Useful Links on Equality

The following links may be of benefit to Further Education Providers. The list is not exhaustive and represents a sample of available information and resources.

The State Examinations Commission Reasonable Accommodations

The State Examinations Commission Advisory Group on Reasonable Accommodations, Consultative Document

CDETB Disability Support Service Principal's Manual

The Equality Authority
Lo Call: 1890 245 545
Email: info@equality.ie
Website: www.equality.ie


Other Useful Links: Disability
 
- CDETB Disability Support Service Principal's Manual
- AHEAD Association For Higher Education Access and Disability: http://www.ahead.ie
- National Disability Authority: http://www.nda.ie

The following documents, available on the National Disability Authority website, may be useful for you:
- Guidelines for Access Auditing of the Built Environment
- First Steps in Producing Accessible Publications
- Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies

- www.disability.ie

The following guidelines are made available with thanks to The National Learning Network/CDETB Disability Support Service:

- Guidelines for Use of a Reader during an Exam
- Guidelines for Using a Scribe during an Exam
- Guidelines for Use of a Tape Recorder During Exams
- Guidelines for Using a Personal Assistant During an Exam
- Guidelines for Using an Irish Sign Language Interpreter During Exams
- Guidelines for Rest Breaks
- Guidelines on Accommodating Students in the Planning of Examinations
- Use of Technology During an Exam
- Other Accommodations
- Other Policy Recommendations

Learning Support
- National Learning Network: http://www.rehab.ie/index.aspx
- NEPS Resources: http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Media-Library/Literacy-Resources/NEPS-Resources.html
- Dyslexia Association of Ireland: http://www.dyslexia.ie
- Special Education Support Service: http://www.sess.ie/

English Language Support
- NALA: National Adult Literacy Agency: http://www.nala.ie

Producing accessible materials
- NALA: Plain English guidelines: http://www.nala.ie

Reasonable Accommodation for Learners
- State Examinations Commission: http://www.sess.ie/faq/what-reasonable-accommodation-relation-examinations-run-state-examinations-commission

Information on Funding Sources
- DES: Fund for Students with Disabilities: http://www.education.ie
- Higher Education Authority (HEA): http://www.hea.ie/en/NationalAccess+Funding

Meeting the Needs of Learners from the Traveller Community
- Irish Traveller Movement: http://www.itmtrav.ie/

Race and Interculturalism
- Information on Anti-racism and Intercultural Training

Supporting Refugees and Asylum seekers in education
- Irish Refugee Council: http://www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie

Bullying/ Harrassment
- Anti Bullying Centre: Dublin City University : https://www4.dcu.ie/abc/index.shtml

Family
- One Family: http://www.onefamily.ie/

Gay Lesbian and Bisexual
- Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: http://www.glen.ie/

Older people
- Age Action Ireland: http://www.ageaction.ie/

Gender
- National Women's Council of Ireland: http://www.nwci.ie/
- Transgender Equality Network Ireland: http://www.teni.ie/Support

The Equality Task Group

During 2007 the Further Education Support Service (FESS) delivered an extremely well received programme of seminars on the theme of equality in further education.

To build on this experience and in response to provider demand, in January 2009 FESS entered a phase of resource development for the implementation of equality processes  directly related to the requirements of the provider's quality assurance agreement and to be of assistance to providers in meeting their legislative obligations.

To facilitate this resource development phase an Equality Task Group was established by the FESS. The FESS Equality Action Planning Framework was launched in the Equality Authority, Dublin on Wednesday 14 October 2009.

FESS would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the task group for facilitating and contributing to this process:

• Carol Baxter, Head of Development, Equality Authority
• Siobhan Cluskey, Equality & Disability Officer, Co. Wicklow VEC
• Crona Gallagher, Adult Education Officer, Co. Donegal VEC
• Mary Gannon, Education for Reconciliation, City of Dublin VEC Curriculum Development Unit
• Virgo Hynes, QA Co-ordinator, Co. Wexford VEC
• Deirdre Keyes, Co. Dublin VEC Education Officer, Representing Irish Vocational Education Association
• Pat O' Mahony, Education & Research Officer, Irish Vocational Education Association
• Marie Rooney, County Co-ordinator for Research & Policy, Co. Dublin VEC
• Members of the Further Education Support Service (FESS)

If you would like to read the speeches delivered at the launch please click on the relevant link:

Renee Dempsey, Chief Executive Officer, Equality Authority
Miriam O Donoghue, Manager of the Further Education Support Service
Siobhan Magee, Further Education Support Officer, Cavan

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Pictured at the launch of the FESS Equality Action Planning Framework at the Equality Authority Dublin

Front Row, Left to Right; Stefania Minervino, Development Officer, Equality Authority; Carol Baxter, Head of Development, Equality Authority; Miriam O' Donoghue, Manager, FESS; Mary Gannon, Education for Reconciliation, CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit;

Back Row, Left to Right; Crona Gallagher, Adult Education Officer, Co Donegal VEC; Siobhan Magee, FESS; Marie Rooney, Co-ordinator for Research and Policy, Co Dublin VEC; Virgo Hynes, Quality Assurance Co-ordinator, Co Wexford VEC; Renee Dempsey, Chief Executive Officer, Equality Authority.

 

 

Renee Dempsey, Chief Executive Officer, Equality Authority, below and right, addresses the audience at the launch of the FESS Equality Action Planning FrameworkRenee_Dempsey1_300_x_225 Renee_Dempsey2_300_x_400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equality

Implementing Equality in Further Education programmes

FESS tools to support the equality proofing of programme delivery and assessment in Further Education – A Supplement to the FESS Equality Action Planning Framework 

In 2013 FESS was funded by the Equality Authority through the Equality Mainstreaming Unit to further develop the FESS Equality Action Planning Framework, and provide additional resources for providers in the area of programme delivery and assessment.

This resource comprises;

 

“Funded by the Equality Mainstreaming Unit which is jointly funded by the European Social Fund 2007-2013 and by the Equality Authority”

 co-funded logo EU logo  Equality Authority logo 
Investing in your future

 

 

Equality Action Planning Framework

During 2007 the Further Education Support Service (FESS) delivered an extremely well received programme of seminars on the theme of equality in further Education.

To further support providers in this area, in 2009 the FESS decided to establish an Equality Task Group. Through the workings of this task group resources have been developed and are now available to support Department of Education and Skills (DES) funded FE providers in implementing their current quality assurance policy on equality and its related procedures.

bookGraphic_43_x_43 View the Equality Action Planning Framework  

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bookGraphic_43_x_43 Read more about the Equality Task Group, including photos and speeches made at the launch of the Equality Action Planning Framework