January 2012


“Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Staff Picks:

Sports broadcaster Colm Murray’s battle with motor neurone disease, and his determination to contribute to efforts to find a cure.

MND – The Inside Track

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Third-level presidents oppose new university

Newspapers cleared of breaching student’s injunction

Over 50,000 apply for college places

Filling out the CAO form – Tick the Box!

University heads deny accusations of elitism

Sugar-coated bacteria may help in fight against cancer, says UCC

Third-level rift as university heads labelled ‘arrogant’

President calls for response to ‘intellectual crisis’ in society

My life started at 39 — when I finally sat my Leaving Cert

UCC withdraws far-right politician’s invitation

 

Disability Headlines

Parents now ‘less tolerant of disabled children in same class’

How An Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis Saved My Marriage

Rehab welcomes reversal of training bonus cuts

Seeing their lives change before your eyes

‘Parliament must rule on disabled man’s death bid’

How a dog’s life can transform others

UK operation may enable Cavan girl (6) walk unaided

Disability rights campaigner joins Labour

 

General Education Stories

Up to 1,600 teachers to retire before changes to pensions

Gaeltacht parents oppose teacher ratio changes in smaller primary schools

Many students cannot add without calculator study shows

Some small rural schools are being put in immediate jeopardy by staffing cuts

Synge Street – where did it all go right?

‘Raise the bar and close the gap’

Students ‘will not be hit by exodus of teachers’

‘Double whammy’ payment to rehired teachers criticised

Dáil protest at staffing plan for smaller schools

Rural schools must take ‘share of burden’

DEIS schools still face cutbacks, admits Quinn

Falling budgets see class resources cut

 

Mental Health in the Media

Powerful voice for mentally ill people

‘The depth of my depression was irrational . . . Give yourself time. Get the support you need’

TDs in calls to reinstate advocacy worker

Suicide crisis – So much more to do

Magic mushrooms ‘could treat depression’

Slow progress on mental health policy criticised

Closure of psychiatric unit ‘set in blood’

Whistleblower who raised concerns over patients’ welfare gets job back

Voluntary mental patient not being held unlawfully

 

Employment Features

77% of jobseekers lie on CV, survey finds

The AHEAD WAM Programme 2012

 

Are you interested in a paid, mentored work placement?

Are you a final year student or graduate with a disability?

Then register today for the AHEAD WAM Programme.

To register, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/WAM2012 & provide the required information;
  2. You will then receive notifications of WAM work placement opportunities, as they arise, via email.

 

 

 

Staff Picks:

Attitudes towards disabled more negative in past five years – report

Ageing with dignity and disability

Social class and gender ‘have huge effect on the way pupils are taught’

Learning to cope with the job market

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Quinn to approve technology university in southeast

STEMs are vital if we want to grow

UCC sues ESB for €18m over damage from opening dams after heavy rains

Over 80% of UL graduates employed or in further studies, figures show

Top academics snub Quinn pay cut plea

Only college boss who agreed to pay cut lost just €1,500

NUIG lifts curtain on new degree in drama

Student seeks injunctions against newspapers in Facebook case

 

Disability Headlines

I’m 45 and have young onset Parkinson’s

Pupils in a class of their own

Teenager awarded €5.25m for injuries suffered during birth

Boy, 11, awarded €1 million after leg amputated

Plan for single welfare payment due in March

Disability Etiquette: Think Ability, Not Disability

 

General Education Stories

Parents camp out to secure school places

Hundreds to meet over risk to West Cork schools

‘Sacrificial lambs’ of education saved by volte-face

Time to get real for the Leaving

Up to 700 attend meeting over school fears

Closure of small schools is ‘death by a thousand cuts’ for communities

Exempting teachers from cuts ruled out

Schools fear parents may sue over cuts

Traditional ways of teaching still prevail, says study

Young women are the best educators

Maths teaching days vary by 18 days a year, study finds

Quality of teaching – Consistency is important

Deis protesters picket Department of Education

 

Mental Health in the Media

Festival targets stigma of mental ill-health

Lynch to hear plea over hospital closure

Thirty suicides already this year from all walks of life

Relief to fore as athlete admits his race is run

Most suicides linked to drink problems

Suicide study – 190 deaths is too many

Gambling a ‘major factor’ in suicide

Experts say mental hospital must close

 

Employment Features

New website aims to have 5,000 job pledges by June

The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

 

At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain.

AHEAD in the News:

UCC head’s views are ‘widespread’

Heated argument

 

Staff Picks:

Back to the future – where are they now?

Death of tireless campaigner for the vulnerable

Most influential and finest journalist of last 25 years

The Case for a Four-Day Work Week

The only way is up when you upskill

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Entry points for colleges to rise

Seven steps to CAO success

Colleges spend €750k on taxis in two years

Sporting chance beckons in NY

UK academic to head science body

DCU to lead €3.75m science initiative

Irish mathematician cracks immunity code

UCC head rejects criticism from staff over speech

Disabled or disadvantaged?

Jobs boost is reason to go to college

The rule is simple: list CAO courses in order of preference

Help your children in the career process

Are you eligible for a grant or a scholarship?

DARE Application Advice Clinics

 

Disability Headlines

Offering stepping stones to local manufacturing

Race against time to fund ‘bubble’ boy’s life-saving surgery

Life-changing op to help Casey dance after €30,000 raised

Cerebral palsy boy’s assistance dog banned from school

Dental care for disabled kids

I was told I’d never walk again — today I’m aiming for the Olympics

Isolated twins now talking to world thanks to student project

Hospital doesn’t have to revive disabled boy

We’ve got wheels

Hands On

 

General Education Stories

Budding boffins put projects under microscope

Science & Innovation – Embracing change is key

Opposites do not subtract

Science key to future of State – Kenny

Minister calls for review of teacher cuts at disadvantaged schools

Rabbitte leads delegation to lobby Quinn

Prioritise maths in primary school, says NCC report

At-risk school schemes improve learning

Primary school prepares for the worst

Principal offers to buy e-voting machine — for €1

Ruairi Quinn admits DEIS cuts mistake

 

Mental Health in the Media

Suicide agency names ambassador

Senator: Suicide policy not working

Suicide debate highlights mental health

I needed a break from ‘me’

HSE trains groups in suicide prevention

Mental hospital ‘should remain in public hands’

 

Employment Features

Man with a plan to get people ‘back to work’

Bruton says new initiative aims to generate thousands of jobs

Courses encourage jobless into education

Waterford firm to create 250 jobs

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