April 2011


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

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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!

For

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:

http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

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.


Work Placement Opportunities – Now Available!

For

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 now being sought for 6 Work Placements available in ABBOTT IRELAND (based in Clonmel, Tipperary) in the following roles:

  • HR Assistant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Training Specialist
  • Manufacturing Engineer (x2)
  • Manufacturing Technician

 

Work placements are paid, mentored and for six months. Job descriptions are available on request

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, Friday 3rd June, 2011.

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

http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

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


Ola and welcome to our ongoing week in review initiative. Lots of interesting and informative articles this week, as well as two very inspiring videos.

We are delighted to see Caroline Casey, CEO of Kanchi sharing her story with the world at TED. Check out her video here: Looking past limits 

Also this week, three very powerful pieces on the individual experience of living with a disability, caring for children who have disabilities and campaigning for better services:

  1. They asked me why would I want to live
  2. ‘You cry, but this is life. You have to just get on with it’
  3. The level of shocking disregard for cystic fibrosis needs . . . is palpable. This Government doesn’t feel very new

For anyone interested in new technologies, check out Roger Ebert at TED talking about his jounrey to find a computer voice that would sound human! Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice.

Finally some food for thought from Headstrong boss, Tony Bates: Turning our conflicts into conversations

And in other news:

Community action central to tackling suicide, says FG

Teacher’s pet: Has there ever been a Minister for Education like Ruairí Quinn?

Job Shadow Initiative

Most suicidal people reacting to specific events, says counsellor

Special needs education claims cost €14.5m

Hard work pays off as Trinity names a record 85 scholars

Urgent need to boost literacy, says Quinn

Letter to the Editor: Living with motor neurone disease

Campaign to put suicide crisis centres close to all

Students of pioneering college course travel to Berlin

Call for literacy co-ordinator in schools

Pilot scheme boosts literacy skills

Children from poorer families face double hit at third level

Employment opportunity for people with disabilities.

Jane Lynch Battles Hearing Disability

DFI Newsletter April 2011

Frustrating delays facing special kids

The university of YouTube

An industrious view of higher education

Can Disability Be Sexy?

IVEA Congratulates City of Dublin VEC on being chosen as single awarding authority for student grants

How William drove into the Irish history books

Schizophrenia research breakthrough

Call for change in legislation to retain graduates

Scandal of illiteracy

Catherine Zeta Jones ‘received treatment for manic depression’

Children forced to wait five years for hearing aids

Special needs cuts hit thousands of children

Mental health ID checks

National newborn hearing screening to be rolled out

Education funding – Savings must start at the very top

Time to Talk, Time to Change – interactive video

Deaf children not being diagnosed ‘until it’s too late’

College grants to be paid into bank accounts

Algae genes could restore sight in the blind

Limited Resources must not become an obstacle for ratifying the Disability Convention

Pupils with special needs may face resource teacher shortage

Caroline Casey of Kanchi speaking at the TED Women event in Washington DC, 2010.

 

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