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AHEAD Journal Issue 15 is here! Exploring good practice in inclusive education and employment

We're delighted to announce that the Winter Issue of the AHEAD Journal which showcases and celebrates stories of inclusive education and employment practices is now available. 

Articles Cover Topics Such as:

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Better Options - Online Fair for Students and Adults with disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties exploring post-secondary school options


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. 

Topics Better Options will cover:

  • The DARE and HEAR schemes
  • Tertiary Education for all: Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Getting College Ready; Academic writing, Organisation, How to break down assignments into bitesize tasks, Looking after your mental health, Looking for accommodation early if you're not commuting and why you should consider registering with the disability support service.
  • What’s out there? Options Beyond University
  • Assistive Technology is for Everyone; Deep dive into what assistive technologies are and examples of how different technologies can support you in your learning.

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AHEAD Start Training Course on Disability Awareness and Conducting Needs Assessment for Educators

AHEAD Start is our online learning training course on supporting students with disabilities in further and higher education. 

The course is run once yearly (beginning in January 2023) and takes an online learning approach, 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.

More Information / Sign Up 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.
  • Inclusive and Universal Approaches in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities - INHEF Symposium 2022 takes place Friday November 25th.
More information / Register for INHEF symposium >>
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