July 2011


AHEAD in the News: Call for intern scheme to include those with disabilities

 

 

Pick of the week: Young solicitors optimistic about future prospects despite chill winds of recession


 

Further & Higher Education News

New DIT campus gets go-ahead from council

WIT thanks ex-president after he declines offer of alternative post

Third-level fees cannot be ruled out, says Quinn

Third level faces €500m shortfall, HEA warns

New further education and training authority, SOLAS, launched by Minister Quinn- Government agrees to wind down FÁS

New State training agency established to replace Fás

Quinn hints at higher points for science

Agency’s leadership key to modern and flexible system

No budget set for ‘new FAS’ as management to stay on

Third level funding report due

 

Disability Headlines

Woman settles for €2.5m over disability

Long Stay Charges Increased

Access all beach areas

Minister opens treatment centre for blood disorders

Asthma deaths down by 40pc

Teen with cerebral palsy gets €3.75m settlement

Doctor reveals intimidation and abuse of scientists researching ME causes

School closure creates problems for parents

 

General Education Articles

‘It’s not fair and it’s not right. All I want for my son is what any mother wants’

Will Quinn impose sanctions to stop ‘apartheid’ in schools?

Court backs ‘old boy’ admissions policy at school

State to regulate school enrolment

Rule favoured boys whose fathers were past pupils

Oireachtas ‘should look’ at positive discrimination

 

Mental Health in the Media

Overhaul of Mental Health Act 2001 now urgently required

My son may be thinking of suicide

Depression surge in rich suburbs over cash worries

42% of psychiatric patients in hospital for over a year, survey finds

Treating depression – A positive suggestion

Google directing certain searches to Samaritans

Rise in self-harm linked to recession and alcohol abuse

 

Employment Issues

When the lines are blurred between work and play

 

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For anyone who follows this blog, you may have noticed I’m a fan of TED Talks so I’ve decided to try out having a TED Talk Tuesday!

First up is Sir Ken Robinson who has a very witty talk on how schools are killing creativity.

Pick of the week: My brain had swollen up and crushed itself

Report of the week: Learning to Reach Out

 

Further & Higher Education News

Putting faith in a broader vision of religion

Disability law scholarship

Students Take Part in Deaf Support Summer School

Students launch High Court challenge against ‘savage’ cuts to grants

A driving ambition to win

Louth VEC get extra up-skilling places

 

Disability Headlines

Dyslexie is a typeface for dyslectics

Lady Gaga upsets disability campaigners

Stem cell find a boost to fighting incurable illness

Worried you’ll get Alzheimer’s? Then follow these seven steps

Are you in danger of becoming diabetic without knowing it?

Implant could ease arthritis suffering

 

General Education Articles

Back to school bill hits €400 per child

Public want schools to develop rounded students

Rabbitte criticises lack of action on broadband

 

Mental Health in the Media

Mental health: The overbearing weight of money woes

Central Mental Hospital case reviews rise by 22% last year

Young go online for mental health help

Online mental health service gets 3,000 hits a week

 

Disability in the Workplace

Diversity: interview with Fiona Cannon, director of diversity and inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group

 

Applications are currently being sought for new work placement opportunities for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties with Covidien & Abbott Ireland.

 

Covidien

Applications are currently being sought for a new work placement opportunity for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties in a Customer Service Representative Role with Covidien, based in Dublin.

Applicants must have a minimum of a Leaving Certificate or its equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Fluency in another European language is preferred but not essential.

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.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 1st August 2011.

Abbott Ireland

Applications are currently being sought for a new work placement opportunity for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties in the following roles with Abbott Ireland, Clonmel, Tipperary:

  1. 1.    Manufacturing Engineer
  2. 2.    Training Specialist

Applicants must have a minimum of a FETAC Level 6 or its equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Fluency in another European language is preferred but not essential.

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.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 1st August 2011.

Job descriptions and application forms for all position are available here: http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

For further information on the placements available you can contact the WAM programme directly by emailing wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

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

 

Dyslexie is a typeface for dyslectics.
The University of Twente did research on the typeface. Hereby a part of their conclusion:
“The dyslectics made fewer errors, than the normal readers, on the EMT with the font “Dyslexie”. This is an indication that reading with the font “Dyslexie” decreases the amount of reading errors.”

for more information http://www.studiostudio.nl

 

Many thanks to Kanchi for linking this on Facebook!

Pick of the week: Love of theatre saved my life

The Dept of Education has published “Literacy & Numeracy Learning for Life”, which we would encourage all to read.

 

Further & Higher Education News

College bosses to resist further job cuts

Is Higher Education Worth the Money?

Minister for Education and Skills announces the allocation of 3,000 additional BTEI places under the Jobs Initiative

TCD denies ‘painful’ tests on animals

Irish students win technology prize

Road safety system drives Irish team to tech success

 

Disability Headlines

‘Trial tests’ for DLA claimants

Patients urged to raise funds for limb-saving therapy

Patient has double leg transplant

Smile could help identify autism risk

Disability group wins plaudits

Áras not a retirement home, says candidate

 

General Education Articles

Protest against special needs cutbacks

State could breach law on special needs, says McGrath

800 protest outside Leinster House at cuts to SNA numbers

Quinn unveils plan to transform maths and reading

Quinn begins talks to lower cost of schoolbooks

Sherlock gets maths problem to solve

Junior Cert cut to eight subjects under new government plan

Make Irish optional and cut junior cycle, say students

Proposal to build €49m education campus

Independents criticise special needs provisions

Cutting special needs

A fantastic, plastic education

Back to school costs €400 per child – new research

 

Mental Health in the Media

Link between alcohol and suicide should be addressed

Row delayed 16-year-old’s access to psychiatric services

People can and do recover from mental illness

Keeping your mental health safe online

Use of anti-depressants soars

 

Other articles of interest

Fewer than half take action over discrimination

Ignorance of rights hampers victims of discrimination

Discrimination report – Perception of behaviour is important

The AHEAD View: The Jobbridge Scheme

 

Food for Thought: For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents

 

Focus on Mental Health: The Vincent Browne Show (TV3) on Tuesday 5th July focused exclusively on Mental Health. Minister of State Kathleen Lynch joined Vincent to debate mental health services and strategies.

You can view the entire show online: Vincent Browne Show, Tues 5th July

 

A few favourites this week:

 

Further & Higher Education News

Unpaid internships: a JobBridge to nowhere?

Criticism of plans for education ‘unfair’

Maths ‘best third level subject’

Maths and science boost gives hope for our future

VEC chiefs divided on redeployment

Australia beckons for young jobseekers

Interest up in science as college applications slip

Applications rise for science courses

€500 rise in third-level ‘fee’ cannot be revoked, says Quinn

Student’s research project has lift off

Cork VEC demands meeting with Kenny

Announcement on VECs soon

 

Disability Headlines

When will there be time to look at ‘Time to Move On’

Getting People with Disabilities Back to Work

Public donations to guide dog charity fall by €1m

The IPad’s Secret Abilities

Girl’s transplant hopes dashed by airlift failure

All new babies to be screened for cystic fibrosis

Charities threaten legal action over benefits cuts for disabled

€7m is pumped into voice-activation project

Special Olympians make triumphant return from Athens games

All of us on the organ list share an obsession — time

Psychiatrists back findings of critical disability report

Lynch to visit ‘unsuitable’ institution for intellectually disabled

 

General Education Articles

Free special needs pre-schooling plan

‘Non-teachers’ taught thousands

Zero tolerance on unqualified or retired teachers urged

Getting kids to school is up to parents, not the State

Minister says schools can seek voluntary contributions

School appeals entry bias against Traveller

Primary teachers ‘not comfortable’ with confronting gay bullying

Still waiting 7 years on

All school bus options studied, minister claims

Dáil protest over special needs cuts

Teacher training course reform

 

Mental Health in the Media

Study finds worrying attitudes to depression

Quarter of people still think depression a ‘state of mind’

Directorate to overhaul mental health services

Lack of funds and hiring ban hitting mental health plan, says report

Resilience and Work

 

Other articles of interest

Learning to talk the talk

The Search is on for the World’s Best Young Social Entrepreneurs

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