October 2011

Staff Picks:

Disabled artists no longer brushed aside

Institutes bid for status as ‘technological university’

Column: ‘People who learn foreign languages have the choice to stay in Ireland’


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Cork priest who did pioneering speech therapy celebrated

NUIG degree for press photographer

New academics need more support and information for assessing students


Disability Headlines

Disability service to impose €22 a night fee for respite

Reform of law on sex and mental disability urged

Benefits of CF screening

Epilepsy sufferer is slashed in face by gang

Joy as twins take big step forward with ‘superhero’ prosthetics

Fresh hope for blind girl after stem-cell therapy

Doctor apologises in court to girl born with cerebral palsy

Child arthritis service cut for doctor’s leave

‘I am very frightened for my son’s future care’

Sex crime laws ‘fail’ people with disabilities

Fancy dress parade in aid of disability service

Girl with cerebral palsy awarded €1.9m

Disability centre cuts in spotlight


General Education Stories

Minister does a homework spot-check

Retiring teachers will be allowed to finish school year

Students plan Cluedo game for Fota House

Girls take lead as Young Scientist research entries break records

Concern over rented Midleton school

How to get 600 points in your Leaving Cert

Laying radical foundations for the primary school system

Teachers plan to challenge lower wage rates for new entrants

Parents of girls at top school get 50% of grant scheme


Mental Health in the Media

Lining up for an epic saga: 1,000 writers break story record

Mental health patients locked up without toilet


Employment Features

LeisureWorld Bishopstown scoops 3 awards


Registration is required and is available on ahead.ie. Registration closes on the 4thNovember.



Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnett syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.

Aspire: The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, are hosting a series of talks for parents running each Friday for 6 weeks, beginning tomorrow at 6.30pm in the Independent Colleges onDawson Street,Dublin2. Professionals and anyone else who may be interested are also welcome.


Please see the attachment for more details. Aspire Talks Flyer

Staff Picks:

Adapting adventure to disability

Rhythm by numbers revealed

Graduates sell daily face space

Higher & Further Education News & Views

NA co-hosts Conference on mobility challenges for those with a disability

Replacement of Vocational Education Committees cautiously welcomed

Urgent action on third-level needed

VEC replacement boards to have extra powers

Galway students vote to abandon rag week

UL Student Radio Station ULFM is Launched

Student protest planned for November 16th

Minister Quinn gives Oireachtas Committee opportunity to input into legislation to establish new Education and Training Boards

Irish Higher Education, NCKU Leaders Brainstorm

University ‘fails’ to enrol Protestants

How can universities communicate the wider value of higher education?

Disability Headlines

Davis promises to appoint intellectually disabled person to Council of State

Bringing disability issues to the big screen

President ‘limited to shining light on issues’

Head-to-head in disability debate: Gallagher v Higgins

I’m slowly going deaf, Gaybo reveals

Parents ‘confused’ over role of SNAs

Only a dozen SNAs allocated despite 475 posts held back

Blind senator says iPad lightens load

Ricky Gervais criticised over Twitter ‘mong jokes’

Call to reform mental disability sex law

General Education Stories

Is Facebook a no-go for teachers?

‘My new school has iPads instead of books’

Private schools a necessity for Protestants

Count your chickens — school hatches a plan to crack maths

Fermoy school brings bus protest to Dáil

Mental Health in the Media

Employment Features

Waterford to lose 38 jobs as tool-maker plans closure

The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters

Building the Future | Friday 11th November

A unique, intensive careers event for students and graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties.

Hosted by Bank of Ireland on the 11th November, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

Registration is required and is available on ahead.ie. Registration closes on the 4th November.

Dialogue on Inclusive Teaching and Assessment | Thursday 17th November

This event will be followed by the AHEAD Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Expert panelists include Dr. Marian McCarthy, Dr Geraldine O’Neill and Declan Treanor, Director of Disability Service, Trinity College Dublin.

Please note this event is only open to members.

Better Options | Wednesday 30th November

A unique one-day event for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty considering their college options in Ireland in 2012.

Better Options is on in the National College of Art & Design, Thomas Street, Dublin 8 from 10.30am until 2pm.

This event is FREE and all are welcome, including Students, Guidance Counsellors, Resource Teachers, Learning Support Tutors, SENO’s, NEPS & Parents.

For more information on these events, please visit ahead.ie/events   

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Download the flyer here and send to friends and colleagues: AHEAD Upcoming Events November 2011 Flyer or share this blog post with them!!!

Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-proviking talk she shows the “Talk To Yourself Hat”, the “Inflatable Heart”, the “Glacier Embracing Suit”, and other unexpected devices.

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