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Learning in Limbo - Student Survey 2022

What: National research into the learning experiences of all students with disabilities in a post-lockdown landscape

Who can participate: Students with disabilities 18 years of age and over in further education and training programmes or higher education courses, including mature students and post-graduate students. You are still eligible to participate if you are not registered for supports in your college/centre but either have a formal diagnosis of a disability or feel that you have a disability but do not yet have a formal diagnosis.

Who are AHEAD: AHEAD is an independent non-profit organisation working to create inclusive environments in education and employment for people with disabilities. Find out more about AHEAD here.

 Why are we doing this research?

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.

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. It will also 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.

Sharing your experience enables us to advocate more effectively for a better learning environment for students with disabilities now and into the future. 

 What will happen with your survey response?

Data collected will be represented anonymously and only used for the purpose of formal/informal public reporting to highlight the experiences of students with disabilities. If you provide comments, they may be used anonymously within the published report on this survey, or in related AHEAD presentations, campaigns, reports or national project submissions.

 Topics explored in this survey

  • What does your post-lockdown learning experience look like?
  • How are you coping with post-lockdown learning?
  • What are the biggest challenges you face with your learning?
  • Are you satisfied with how your college/centre is supporting you? 
  • What makes a good and accessible learning experience for you, and what do you want for the future?

By completing this survey, your experience and input can help to shape the future learning environment. 

This survey is open from Apr 13th - May 11th 2022 and will take approximately 15 minutes.

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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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