February 2012


Keith Nolan always wanted to join the United States military — but he’s deaf, an automatic disqualification according to military rules. At TEDxIslay, he describes his fight to fight for his country. (In American Sign Language, with real time translation.)

Keith Nolan doesn’t believe his deafness should be a barrier to serving his country — and is making the case for increasing the role of citizens with disabilities in the military.

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AHEAD in the News

There are so many options for postgraduate study

 

Staff Picks:

‘I use Braille to do my school work’

When access to college changes lives

Many hands make light work for students

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Colleges to face grilling on antisocial students

IT Sligo students to conduct study into smackin

VEC gets legal advice over reports

UCC honours top graduate

Minister wants to scrap test for medical schools

Students take case over grant cuts

Preparing to go places

Ireland needs, now more than ever, to evolve a new kind of technological university to take us forward

 

Disability Headlines

Genetics and man-made chemicals equally to blame, say researchers

Scleroderma affects everything that I do

Checklist can tell if toddlers’ language skills are up to scratch

Cannabis-based treatment could be cleared for MS patients

A helping hand

Doing the best for our children

State’s services must catch up with what parents already know

Huge generosity for ‘bionic ear’ boy

‘Life-changing’ results from spinal pain relief trial

Good vibrations: Deaf boy to show off keyboard skills

Isolating a Child With Disabilities Can Do Life-Long Damage

Patients with cystic fibrosis wait for beds

 

General Education Stories

Mentoring for migrants

A studied response: Minister replies to request to ban homework

Ruairí Quinn reverses 235 legacy post cuts from DEIS primary schools

Quinn: ‘I got it wrong on DEIS school cuts’

Mixed reaction to Deis cuts U-turn

Parents and schools criticise cuts to capitation grants

The Strength of people power

Disadvantaged schools

State retains teaching jobs but slashes school grants

Quinn ‘back of the class material’, say students

Martin calls for right to Catholic education to be respected

Quinn rules out teaching cash management at primary level

Libya looks to Ireland as a model for education reform

‘Primary teachers know how to teach children – secondary teachers know how to teach subjects’

In My Opinion: Time for fee-charging schools to take another look at their policies

The computer clubs training the whizz kids of tomorrow

 

Mental Health in the Media

Finding a light in the dark

Conference bids to remove ‘mental health stigma’

Irish people ’embarrassed’ about counselling

Gaelic players part of mental health partnership

 

Employment Features

Minister revives plan to shift sick pay burden

Burton: Employers should pay for sick leave

Law graduates urged to sign up to intern scheme

 


We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk from TEDxToronto, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Drew Dudley believes leadership is not a characteristic reserved for the extraordinary. He works to help people discover the leader within themselves.

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Smaller third-level colleges face end of public funding

Colleges face performance-related funding cuts

Institutes face high standards process

Education targets – Academic autonomy is essential

Is new General Secretary ready for fire fighting?

Art college appoints head of design

Colleges given six months to spell out their strategic plans

Colleges in race to gain university status

University criteria dismissed by college president

‘Shag’ week survey reveals that seven out of ten students have unprotected sex

Probe finds poor practices in VECs across country

Anatomy of a medical class: minister opens TCD’s €131m institute

Dublin college chief defends policy on Bahrain

Students could afford €10k fees, says UL study

In My Opinion: New kind of technology university will address the needs of society

Reach for the stars with UCD’s elite performance programme

Warning of ‘mediocrity’ if higher education not funded

Higher education funding crisis will ‘damage’ students

VEC has brief discussion on audit

 

Disability Headlines

Parents of young disabled shocked at cuts in services

Parents of children with autism in major fundraiser to expand facilities

Lauren’s video role raises awareness of rare diseases

Valentine, not just the patron saint of romance, but also of epilepsy

Epilepsy still has strong social stigma for sufferers

Work scheme targeted at people with disabilities

Reilly calls autism claims outrageous

Working disabled allowed to draw welfare

Reilly: Humphreys’ autism comments ‘outrageous’

Judo Assist Ireland

Deaf girl held as slave tells court of years of beatings and rape

Man up, Tony

Northern Ministers hear each other’s pain

 

General Education Stories

Parents campaign over cuts to career guidance

Teacher allowances cut ‘would be end of Croke Park reform’

The formula is simple: real change

Kicking exam pressure to touch

Lessons to be learned from case in Clonmel

Nine jailed for failing to send children to school

Irish girls in top 20% of fitness level study

Speed limit outside six schools cut to 30kph

Watch out Ruairi! Cuts to small schools spell big trouble

No method in madness behind school guidance cuts

Parents in Kildare furious as children of gaelscoileanna ignored

Salaries linked to success in education

School principal challenges removal

 

Mental Health in the Media

After years of self-harm, my life has changed so much

Conquering your personal Everest

Acting fast against teenage depression

 

Employment Features

500 college places for jobseekers

Initiatives aim to deliver 100,000 jobs by 2016

Mastercard to create 130 Irish jobs

Recruiters to get paid for placing workers

New IT jobs after US deal welcomed

Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching — including a key insight about learning from mistakes.

Staff Picks:

New Department of Education head

Professor Quinn – Appointee to the Council of State

Employ People with Disabilities

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

I haven’t a clue if lecturers are doing their jobs, says minister

Conditions agreed for universities of technology

UCD students union holds emergency meeting

NUI Galway Festival opens

Studying in the US – What you need to know

A strong case for a new university

Demand for college places up as more mature students join race

VEC funded sail programme while boat rotted

Value for money concern

Students go that extra mile to claim a free car

Technological universities

School blamed for demise of €161k IT contract

Committee considered it unnecessary to submit contract for legal checks

VEC signed away valuable property rights in venture

Trinity team helping develop fold-up TV

VEC accountability – Answerable to taxpayers

VEC forced to answer tough questions

VEC relocation plan to increase rent from €13.30 to €118,000

VEC criticised after €890k of IT budget paid to ex-employee

Former Student Leader At CIT Slams Quinn ‘U-Turn’

 

Disability Headlines

‘People used to call me the wibbly wobbly wonder’

Utter disappointment following Rehab decision

Autism controversy – The right to an opinion

Parents ‘never to blame’ for autism

Sit-in workers to help Calum

Comments ‘likely to cause upset’

 

General Education Stories

High-speed broadband for all secondary schools ‘by 2014’

Safety campaign aims to ‘wipe out’ online bullying

Special education – Cuts having deep impact

Certain schools are better squeezed than others

Students prepare to ditch books in favour of iPads

Back to prefabs and leaky roofs?

The project maths course divides teachers — but does it add up?

In My Opinion: Teaching languages at primary level will be a key to our economic future

Mock exam results can be a wake-up call for students

EU: Education cuts undermine potential

Disadvantaged school spend urged

 

Mental Health in the Media

Three people now die from suicide every day of the year

Widespread patient satisfaction with mental health services

Coroners reporting suicides

Warning over loss of 400 psychiatric nurses

10% of psych nurses to retire, survey suggests

‘Voluntary’ psychiatric patients need protection

Mental capacity Bill to be issued shortly

Warning of suicide increase over cuts

 

Employment Features

‘Colleagues retreated. A mix of embarrassment and fear of contagion. It hurt’

Four firms to create 550 jobs nationwide

Ireland ‘represents exceptional and unique opportunity for investment’

EU fund unspent due to ‘inexperience’

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

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