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MIC Ability Pathways (MAP) Project- Mapping Inclusive Futures

  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
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Programme Overview

The MIC Ability Pathways (MAP) Project aims to provide a pathway to meaningful community engagement for people with intellectual disability, in an inclusive third level environment which has an established history of educational excellence and community inclusion. The project aims to provide education, training and meaningful employment opportunities for people with an intellectual disability who are committed to lifelong learning.

Aims & Objectives and Core Values

  • To promote lifelong learning for individuals
  • To promote inclusion in the third level environment
  • To develop skills for modern society
  • To develop social skills through peer interaction
  • To enhance individual employability
  • To develop full citizenship and self determination
  • To broaden horizons for individual learners 
  • To fulfil the personal educational interests of individuals

Core Values

  • A belief in the capacity of individuals to self-actualise
  • A respect for the contribution and value of different types of student learners
  • A belief in the right of every individual to access third level education

The MIC Ability Pathways Programme (MAP) Project is about re-imagining and re-thinking education and learning outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities, by providing an opportunity to study in a third-level college.

MAP due to commence 2024
MAP due to commence 2024

Funding Partners

This project is funded by the HEA under the Path 4 Phase 2 access initiative. The MAP project will replace the CGLPD programme and operates in conjunction with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board as accreditation partners. 


Dr Órla Slattery, Programme Coordinator


Programme Content

The MIC Ability Pathways (MAP) Project is designed to support the academic, social and personal development of programme participants.

There is a particular emphasis placed on supporting learners to develop transferrable skills in the following areas: 

  • Information Communication Technology
  • Communication
  • Teamworking
  • Citizenry
  • Personal Effectiveness

The MAP project will provide an Educational Foundation in years 1 and 2 and a Transitioning Programme in year 3, which will enable learners to become active members of their communities and fulfil their personal life goals by transiting to further education and training and/or employment, subsequent to the educational foundation of the project.

The educational foundation will be provided through the Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development (CGLPD), which is a two year fully accredited level 4 QQI award on the NFQ. This CGLPD encompasses 8 distinct modules, which have been designed to support the holistic development of learners with ID and is underpinned throughout by the UDL framework.

  • Educational Programme - Level 4
  • Transitioning Programme

Entry Requirements

Prospective entrants must:

  • Be 18 years of age on enrolment
  • Have been identified as having an intellectual disability from birth or early years
  • Have a commitment to ongoing learning and personal development
  • Have three or more Level 3 QQI Minor Awards (including Literacy and/or Communication components), or equivalent
  • Have not previously participated on or completed the CGLPD programme at MIC

How to Apply

MAP Project is now closed for applications.

For any questions, please email us at

Programme Coordinator
Dr Órla Slattery

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question