National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies - Dignity, Respect & Human Rights
The National Institute for Intellectual Disability Studies is the only organisation dedicated solely to the provision of education and training for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dignity Respect & Human Rights

The National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies is the only organisation dedicated solely to the provision of education and training for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dignity Respect & Human Rights

Evaluate your needs. Assess the position and development of your Health Care staff. Meet regulatory, CPD and legal requirements

Continue your professional development with flexible courses. Add certified CPD points to your portfolio.

Achieve excellence in the provision of intellectual disability services. Manage and guide the performance of your staff.

A National Strategy for Providing Better Outcomes.
The National Institute for Intellectual Disability Studies, has developed its Competency Framework from over 50 years of frontline experience, to address and deliver these fundamental values.
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The NIIDS Competency Framework

The National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies has designed a Competency Framework specifically for the Intellectual Disability Sector, which aligns itself with The National Health and Social Care Professions Office (National HSCP), the modern legal, regulatory and policy environment in Ireland today and the HSE Transforming Lives Programme.

Person Centered Approach

Person Centered Planning is a way of supporting and empowering people with disabilities to make real life choices and changes. It is a positive and enabling approach that helps people make plans for their future and to organise the support and services they need.

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Quality Services

The staff member provides care and support which is planned and delivered in a person-centered way, with the person’s priorities, including physical, age related, intimate, emotional, social, spiritual and cultural needs, guiding all decisions and actions.

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Safety

Safety involves continuously monitoring the environment – recognising the individual’s need for a physical environment which meets their needs/preferences in respect of space, aesthetics (including sensory preferences), noise, unpredictable movement of others, lighting, state of repair and safety.

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Professionalism

Working in a professional and ethical manner maintaining the confidentiality and respecting the rights of the individual. Practicing within the legal and ethical boundaries, and acting in the best interest of the individual.

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Community & Culture

Identify opportunities to recognise the importance and significance of relationships with family members and others. Help Children or Adults who use the service to manage personal, financial and household tasks which are necessary for everyday independent community-based lifestyles.

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Leadership, Supervision & Managament

Has the ability to recognise where they need to develop capacity within their own practice. Has the ability to describe and demonstrate the skills relevant to their role.

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A Person-Centered Approach
The National Institute for Intellectual Disability Studies believe that people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone in our society, and that they should be able to exercise their rights in full

Our teaching approach is based on a holistic perspective of disability. We focus on independence, well-being and choice for service users.

A Person-Centered Approach
The National Institute for Intellectual Disability Studies believe that people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone in our society, and that they should be able to exercise their rights in full
What Our Learners Say

The programme assisted me to get my teenage son out of his room and back to school after 18 months of refusing to leave his room. 

Parent Leixlip Carers Group

I am very pleased to say that the staff evaluation sheets clearly indicate that the training more than met the objectives we set at the outset. The tools provided will be of great assistance in sustaining the implementation of the supervision programme into the future. 

Peter ByrneDirector of Services Gheel Autism Services

Very good use of videos/demonstrations and excellent literature and handouts to support programme content. Issues addressed during training very relevant to practice.  

Caroline Hanrahan KARE (FAS)
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Introductory Courses

For family relatives, friends or people looking to improve their knowledge and/or their relationships with those who have an intellectual disability

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Certified CPD Courses

For professionals and carers working in the industry looking to support their continuous development criteria and/or to upskill in certain areas.

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QQI Level 5 and Level 6

For individuals or employees seeking a qualification in the practice of intellectual disabilities studies. These courses are the minimum requirement for sector employment.

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