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Better Options - Education Event for Secondary School Students with Disabilities & Adults Returning to Education

What: Free 1 day online event for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, and adults with disabilities, exploring post-secondary school options in education.

Available to: Adults returning to education or students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options, parents and guidance counsellors in the Republic of Ireland.

When:  Better Options 2022 will take place online via Zoom from 10.00-1pm on Saturday, November 26th with breaks throughout the day. 

This event is ideal for adults returning to education or for students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options, parents and guidance counsellors. Attendees are able to learn about college support services, making the most of your time in college and access routes open to those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, including how to make an application to DARE - Disability Access Route to Education. There will be information on Further Education and Training, as well as Higher Education and Apprenticeships. There will be live Q&As where you can ask questions on DARE, accessing supports in college and any other questions you might have.

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AHEAD 2023 Conference Submissions Now Open!

The AHEAD annual international conference will run from Wednesday March 22nd to Thursday March 23rd 2023. We are pleased to invite submissions for sessions, talks and posters to be presented at the conference in-person and online.

Conference Title: Unity: How Staff and Learner Communities Drive Inclusion in Tertiary Education 

Conference Dates: Wednesday March 22nd to Thursday March 23rd 2023, will be held in-person, online and hybrid.

Submission Deadline: October 28th.

As Ireland moves towards a more unified tertiary education system, and more unified communities of policy makers, professional staff, educators and learners within these sectors, this conference will explore individual, institutional, national and international views on how we can leverage the power of community to drive equity and inclusion in the tertiary education system.  

We look forward to receiving your submissions!  Download the submission guide and form. Completed submission forms must be returned to [email protected] by the end of the day October 28th. All questions or queries should be directed to [email protected].
More Information on AHEAD 2023 Submissions Process >>
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AHEAD Start Training - Registration Now Open

AHEAD Start is our online learning training course on supporting students with disabilities in further and higher education. The number of students with disabilities in education is increasing year on year and educational institutions are legally responsible under Irish law for ensuring that they are included and accommodated. 

The course is run once yearly (beginning in January 2023) and takes an online learning approach this year, which includes a number of webinars, coupled with an 18-22 hour online course completed over a 6-8 week term. Places are limited so we recommend registering early to avoid disappointment.

The interactive online part is broken into four modules:
  • Module 1: Disability: Attitudes, Policy & Legislation – A History
  • Module 2: Understanding Disability
  • Module 3: Supports & Reasonable Accommodations
  • Module 4: Needs Assessment & Funding

This interactive course will provide professional staff, such as teachers, careers advisors or dedicated support staff with a systematic approach to supporting students with disabilities including practical templates to carry out Needs Assessments.

Register for Ahead Start >>

Points of Interest

Below we will feature interesting disability/education/employment related stories from external sources that we've come across over the past week. This is not an endorsement.
  • INHEF (Inclusive National Higher Education Forum) launched their Strategic Plan 2022 ‘Inclusive Higher Education – The Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Policy Development ‘.
More Information about the INHEF Strategic Plan >

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