March 2011

So I missed out last week as I was off so back with a double whammy of links and news stories today! A lot of articles related to third level education in general and some decisions taken by the new Minister, Ruari Quinn.

Would highly recommend the profile on Carol Greider – really a true inspiration! Rich Donovan (a fresh approach to disability employment) also makes a lot of interesting comments about how to handle disability in the workplace in the first of a two part blog post on the BBC Ouch blog.


WAM Work Placement Opportunities NOW AVAILABLE!

Couple forced to give up children criticise system

‘See Change’ may not be ‘best use of money’

Reducing Stigma in Mental Health: Letter to the Editor

Farmer with disabled son loses home

Four jailed for torturing woman with learning difficulties

Have a say on how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is implemented in Northern Ireland

Seanad debate on forced electric shock treatment

DFI supports Seamus Boland

Calls to increase suicide budget

Kerry community groups unite to reach out to isolated elderly

Drug delivery system offers fresh hope to Alzheimer’s patients

Charity criticises organ donor move

Letter to the Editor: Organ Donations

Soap storyline angers spinal injury group

Parents fundraise for spinal cord injury research

Irish Examiner shortlisted for health award

So Little and So Huge

Down syndrome model agency launched

Down Syndrome models ready for work

Agency opens for models with Down Syndrome


Giving a voice to inequality

Cerebral Palsy need not be a barrier

A fresh approach to disability employment

Hearing loss affects people’s social lives, survey finds

The Sky Is the Limit for People with Disabilities

Carol Greider, Nobel Laureate, Daniel Nathans Professor & Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics, John Hopkins University

Patients ‘should have right’ to refuse ECT

Warning over effects of mild stress

Government has ‘golden opportunity’ for reform

New Housing Support Service for People with Disabilities launched

New cell tissue hope for eye problems

How Quinn can make a difference

Quinn reverses decision to abolish the NUI

Colleges ‘obsessed’ with rank

Coalition to amend restrictions on third-level recruitment

These daft Soviet-style controls on universities must be abolished

Quinn backs down in college row

Education’s whistleblower

Trinity’s big decision

Human rights group calls for end to slopping out

It is shortsighted for school-leavers – and their parents – to shun Arts degrees

Campaign to boost foreign student levels

Child not read to at bedtime is ‘abused’, says Quinn

No university status for WIT, says Quinn



So the title may seem a tad dramatic – which it is to draw your attention, but it is also true!


Check out this 6 minute TED talk to see the revolutions that are going on in the world of bionics. Many of you will recognise this new idea from a recent episode of Glee as well!


So another year, another annual conference done and dusted! ‘The real risk is doing nothing – supporting nursing and midwfiery students in clinical practice’ was an absolutely resounding success! We had presenters from the USA, the UK and Ireland and delegates from not only from colleges but also a high proporton from the HSE.

Here is a snippet fo a video created specifically for the conference by our keynote speaker, Susan Fleming:

All of the presentations as well as some videos  of the talks are available here on our AHEAD website

If you are interested in reading through the clinical guidelines which were launched at the conference, you can do so here:  Supporting Nursing & Midwifery Students in Clinical Practice: A Resource Guide for Clinical and Academic Staff

We are currently in the midst of putting together a conferenc publication and that will be available online by April.

Applications are currently being sought for a new work placement opportunity for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties in a Receptionist Role with Arthur Cox.

For more information on the placement available please click here

Applicants must have a minimum of a Leaving Certificate or its equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications (FETAC Level 6)

Candidates interested in making an application will need to complete a WAM Application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to AHEAD.DEADLINE DATE for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 30thMarch 2011.

For an Application form click here

For Job description click here

For further information on the placement you can contact the WAM programme directly by emailing or Tel. 01-2789325.

To request this information in an alternative format please contact WAM directly.



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