April 2011

This is a fantastic opportunity for 30 students and graduates with disabilities. Please email linda.kelly@ahead.ie to reserve a place. 

It’s that time of the week again – lots of links this week, the majority of which are related to the different teacher conferences that are going on. Looking at the news this weeks, it’s clear that Minister Quinn has a lot of plans for the education system. If you have an idea about how you would like to change the education system, why not leave us a comment?

In the meantime, happy reading!

Work Placement Opportunities – Now Available!


Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Differences

If you are a graduate with a disability/specific learning differences seeking valuable work experience the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are being sought for placements available on the ESB Disability Traineeship programme in administrative, research and data analysis roles. ESB Electric Ireland typically seeks graduates with qualifications from the following disciplines:

  • Business
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources


Locations: Dublin, Cork, Portlaoise, Galway & Waterford.


Work placements are paid, mentored and for six months. Applicants must have as a minimum, a relevant educational qualification equivalent to NFQ Level 6 (Higher/Advanced Cert).

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, Wednesday 11th May, 2011.

Application forms, job descriptions and further information are available from our website at:


Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

Working to include, including for work

WAM is a FÁS Funded Programme 

On behalf of all the staff in AHEAD we would like to wish all our fanbook fans, twitter followers and fellow bloggers a very Happy Easter! 

Our week in review is below so you can catch up on the latest news and reviews over the long weekend! Or you could scrap the computer and hit the park for what is promised to be a beautiful weekend! Eagle eyed readers might notice the picture below is from one of my favourite spots – Fitzgeralds Park in Cork!

AHEAD would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Citi on winning the AHEAD Disability Inclusion Award at the GradIreland Awards which took place last week.

Week in Review: 

The iPad way to fight autism

Institutions ‘use drugs to subdue residents’

Gene link identified in ADHD

IHF: state spends just €120 on rehab per stroke victim

University employment practice criticised

Still a champion of people with intellectual disabilities after 50 years

Cuts taking their toll on teens with intellectual disabilities

Time for an end to exclusion Ireland

Banks ‘should share profits with suffering charities’

I feel as if I’ve beaten cancer of the mind

Hundreds take part in Job Shadow day

Website snaps up student who turned profit on his study notes

Mature Matters: Depression

Ex-store manager awarded €84,000 for dismissal

Education system needs to reflect our diversity

Six-year delay in regulation of sector

The gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2011: a positive outlook for graduates.

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