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Introduction and Informed Consent

In April 2020, AHEAD conducted a survey of further and higher education students with disabilities focused on their experiences of learning from home during the first wave of the Covid 19 pandemic. One year later, we conducted a follow up piece of research to continue to track their experiences. 
Now in 2022, we want to revisit the experiences of students with disabilities again, find out what has changed for you, what barriers remain, and how you are coping with learning in a post lockdown landscape. As educational institutions try to figure out what the implications of the last two years have been, and what can we learn for the future, the Learning in Limbo survey aims to capture and amplify your voice in the discussion.

Please note, that this survey is aimed at students with disabilities 18 years of age and over enrolled in higher education or further education and training programmes in Ireland.
If you have any issues with the accessibility of this survey or require assistance to complete it, please contact richard.healy@ahead.ie and we can support you to contribute.

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* 1. Informed Consent: 

  • I understand how my data will be collected and that it will be stored securely, safely and in accordance with AHEAD’s Data Protection Policy.

  • I understand that data collected for this survey is intended to be used to inform AHEAD’s work supporting students with disabilities and the learning from it will be released in a public report. I also understand it may be fed into government policy groups coordinating access to further and higher education, and help inform the national approach to inclusion in further and higher education institutions into the future. I understand that if I submit comments in the spaces provided, they may be used anonymously within the published report on this survey, or in related AHEAD presentations, campaigns, reports or national project submissions. AHEAD will make every effort to protect the identity of participants.

  • I understand that my participation in this survey is voluntary, and that due to the anonymous nature of this survey, once submitted my responses cannot be withdrawn. I am aware that I do not have to contribute to the survey if I do not wish to.

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* 2. Please confirm that you are a student with one or more disabilities currently enrolled on a higher education or further education and training (e.g. PLC, VTOS, apprenticeship, community education etc) programme in Ireland and that you are over 18 years of age:

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