Next week AHEAD has its 20th Annual Conference. It is our 20th Anniversary. Yep, we’ve been around 20 years now. With luck we’ll see another 20, though I’d hope by then we would be dealing with different issues, and will have seen as much change as has happened in the last 20!

AHEAD or its projects usually have at least one conference a year, and this year, our big one is focusing on teaching and learning. It is of course also a celebration of our 20 years, but that’ll be the night before. On Wednesday the 29th, we’ll be getting down to business and discussing what we do well, and what we could do better to ensure that students with disabilities get the full college experience.

Quoting from our brochure (accessible version here) for the conference “In order to ensure that a student with a disability has the same quality of learning experience in third level, a ‘whole college’ approach is required; the lecture hall, the library, the discussion group and in particular the academic and administrative staff. This conference will explore how good quality teaching and learning practices together with the innovative use of technology not only reduces the barriers for students with disabilities but are good for all students.  The keynote speaker is Professor Tom Collins, NUI Maynooth and other speakers include Dr. Chris Singleton, Hull University  and Dr. Jen Harvey, DIT.”

It should be an interesting day. Personally, what I’m looking forward to most is hearing what the Minister for Education has to say, and the panel discussion, chaired by Karen Coleman – she always get interesting perspectives from people.

If you’re interested in attending – you can download our forms & brochure here or just email ahead AT