National and International Research Collaborations

The National Federation understands the importance of collaboration and partnership in research.  Such partnership involves sharing expertise and knowledge and leads to a greater understanding of intellectual disability.  
The purpose of these collaborations will be to share information and resources and engage in research activities such as advisory boards, ethics committees etc. Collaborations will also support applications for funding and ultimately develop world class research projects in the field of intellectual disability.

Priority 6 of our Research Strategy 2008-2013 is to develop research partnerships/collaborations with national and international research centres. There are many Research Collaborators in partnership with the National Federation at this stage contributing vasts amounts of work, expertise and knowledge to intellectual disability research and services in Ireland.

The National Federation also plays an active role in developing a rights based agenda for people with disabilities at European level through its strong involvement in the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD). 

The nature of such national and international collaborations are outlined in the projects outlined below:

Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability)

(16 Feb 2010)

Data will be collected from 800 people with intellectual disability (over age 40) on physical and psychosocial health, living situations, social networks and quality of life. The project will include for the first time a representative sample of older people with intellectual disabilities in a longitudinal study of ageing.

Audit of Client Protection in Disability Services

(27 Aug 2009)

This inquiry was into a number of allegations of past child abuse within Holy Family School and Brothers of Charity Services in Galway.

Marie Curie European Union Transfer of Knowledge Project

(06 Aug 2009)

A National Survey of people with intellectual disabilities and of family members, which will also gather and house the life-stories of people with intellectual disabilities. This project will also evaluate teaching and resource tools designed for people with intellectual disabilities to learn about research methods and practices.

Reducing Occupational Stress in Employment (ROSE) Project

(06 Aug 2009)

Collaborative Projects with EASPD

The project will provide data and information to support local services and European Commission initiatives on social inclusion, workplace support, policy harmonisation and mental health.

International Conference - 15 Years after Salamanca: Inclusion - A School for All

(06 Aug 2009)

Collaborative Projects with EASPD

High quality education is not yet accessible for everyone. The conference will, therefore, explore ways to improve inclusion.

Conversion Project (2005 - 2008)

(06 Aug 2009)

Collaborative Projects with EASPD

The specific aim of this project was to pilot a comprehensive training programme targeted at managers and front line staff in agencies wishing to convert from sheltered employment to employment on the open labour market of persons with disabilities.

LABOr Project (2002-2004)

(06 Aug 2009)

Collaborative Projects with EASPD

This project grew out of the need to bring together material on training and employment measures for people with intellectual disabilities and to improve the flow of this information throughout Europe.

Daphne Project (2002 - 2003)

(06 Aug 2009)

Collaborative Projects with EASPD

the Daphne project enables easy access, with the possibility of gaining information about the prevention of/and response to sexual abuse.

Tolerance or Acceptance Project (2002 - 2003)

(06 Aug 2009)

Collaborative Projects with EASPD

This project established the key aspects that promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the community.

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