March 2012


Staff Picks:

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Disability Headlines

General Education Stories

Mental Health in the Media

 

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Staff Picks:

Inside third level

Teachers must come from all sections of society

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Minister snubs key education reform plan

Where science meets business

Farmers battle college grant plans

IT Sligo appointment to Higher Education Authority Board

Flying the Galway flag in the US

CIT strike off after last-minute talks

Pupils pit wits against language puzzles

News diary from 1916 in DCU media history collection

Shakespeare scholars to defend the Bard

Students look past recession towards hi-tech horizons

CAO points scramble strategy doesn’t add up

New science chief is all fired up

 

Disability Headlines

Harsh cuts loom for the intellectually disabled but there is a smart option

Where the horses are the healers

Blue is the colour for World Autism Awareness Day

Duffy and soccer stars to saddle up and raise funds for autism

‘Macbeth’ to come to life for audience with sensory impairments

Let us have new MS treatment, plead sufferers

‘Without him my life wouldn’t be the same’

Teenage autism crusader leaves powerful legacy

General Education Stories

Strong differences persist over school patronage

More than 200 teenagers take part in triathlon as part of school year

Four questioned over violent incident at Ennis school

Pick up skills in lifelong learning week

Surge in uptake of higher-level LC maths

Project Maths is not the answer to tough question

Music helps children learn maths

 

Mental Health in the Media

‘Walk In My Shoes’ mental health drive

Lynch to meet group to discuss anti-depressants

Stars step up to support mental health campaign

Can Goldie Hawn make Irish children happier?

Debate on antidepressants needed

Rugby star O’Driscoll urges men to open up

 

Employment Features

50 leading social innovators to participate at Change Nation event

WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme Briefing

LINK Conference, Oct 4th 2012, Ghent: Call for Papers now open!

 

‘We can’t go back, not now!… Not now‘ (Tintin)

Firstly we are delighted to confirm that the LINK Conference 2012 will take place on October 4th 2012 in Ghent, Belgium.  The conference will address the topic of transition from higher education to work for students with disabilities and in particular will analyse the individual roles of students themselves, the higher education institutions and the employers.
Are you an academic, employer, policy maker or student with a disability and do you have a concern or some strong opinions about work and transition to work? We would like you to share your experiences. If you are interested in submitting a paper for presentation at the conference please download the full call for papers here and follow the instructions.

All proposals need to be submitted on a proposal submission form to contact@thelinknetwork.eu by April 15th 2012. Booking for the event will commence later in the year and we will be in touch to notify interested parties.
Don’t forget to spread the word and get your colleagues to become a LINK member free of charge by visiting www.thelinknetwork.eu.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Public Discussion on Mental Health

                                ‘ECT – Right to Refuse?’

                               Labour Equality Open Event

                                        Thu 29thMarch 7.30pm

                        The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St, Dublin 1

Speakers :

Aine Hynes, Chair,  Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association :
ECT – What is the legal position?         

Prof Declan McLoughlin, TCD 
A view in favour of ECT
     
John Redican , NSUE (National Service Users Executive) :
      Choice and ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a method used to treat forms of mental illness. It can be very effective, but can also have negative side effects. Expert speakers discuss Electroconvulsive Therapy, if it works and if patients should have a choice in refusing to use it.                               

The event is hosted by Labour Equality and chaired by Bernard Cantillon Chair Labour Equality.

Wheelchair accessible. Everyone welcome!  More information and to RSVP Kirsi Hanifin 087-6258043 kirsi.hanifin@labour.ie

Staff Picks:

Disabled people’s magazine taps a ‘niche for positivity’

The Journal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Education

Got a science problem? Give it a hack

Why most employers fear to hire people with disabilities

Take a leaf out of the book for mindful children

Patrick’s doodle clocks up €10k grant

No Irish universities make top 100 list

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Cork university to honour ‘public-spirited’ people for donating bodies to science

Savvy college applicants get the message that future careers are in smart economy

CAO surge in student demand for science, computing and agriculture courses

We’re studying social science, business and law, says report

Queen’s gives students long weekend to avoid repeat of last year’s lost weekend

‘The cost of going to college here is similar to what it would be in the US’

Strike notice served on CIT

MA Funding News 2012.2013

University rankings played down

Quinn defends proposed means test changes for student grants

Call for grant system ‘equality’

ICMSA attack college asset test proposals

 

Disability Headlines

Groups to rally for vital welfare benefit

Man with locked-in syndrome wins right to hearing for assisted suicide

James to star for Ireland at amputee tournament

Plan to cut time limit on disabled parking

People with disabilities lose ‘pocket money’ in charity cuts

Voluntary disability services provider must pay ex-worker €116k

Glove could transform treatment of arthritis

 

General Education Stories

Government announces €1.5bn schools programme

Sick pay alert for 1,000 teachers who took 90-260 days off

Open debate on future of teaching

Falling behind on literacy

Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum

Thousands march in protest at school cutbacks in Donegal

30 retired inspectors not replaced

Building new schools

Minister accused of ‘spin’ on school plan

Five-year plan gets a guarded welcome

16-year battle for new building finally pays off

Joy as pupils get to wave goodbye to prefabs

Educational evolution – It’s time for a new round of benchmarking

The private primary: can it survive?

A blank slate to reinvent secondary schools

Waiting’s over for some but others have dreams dashed

Principal: It’s not acceptable to be sitting in squalor for another four years

Quinn reversed €120,000 school aid refusal after Kenny pressure

What Taoiseach said, and when, about Holy Family School project

Budget ‘damaging’ C of I schools

Principal: It’s not acceptable to be sitting in squalor for another four years

 

Mental Health in the Media

Hundreds turn out to ‘mental wellness’ exhibition in Kerry

GAA stars back suicide prevention

Book highlights ‘taboo’ issue of suicide in Ireland

Director of mental health post not yet filled

President praised for putting suicide on national agenda

‘Smelly and drab psychiatric wards beyond belief’

 

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Have you heard of DoubleTAKE Supported Arts studio?

The initiative by Tallaght Community Arts has been in operation since 2009 is supported by Cheeverstown House, St. Michael`s House, New Horizons, Headway, The Tallaght Arch Club, C.H.E.S.S, St. John of God’s and The Dyspraxia Association Ireland.  The studio is in Rua Red Arts, South Dublin County Arts Centre, Civic Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

DoubleTAKE Supported Arts Studio is for individual emerging and established artists and creative adults with disabilities.  Mentorship and guidance and support are available from professional artist mentors.

Each session is supported and guided by an Artist mentor who is there to provide Artistic and creative support and mentoring. We welcome personal assistants and are happy to work with you to best support new DoubleTAKE members

If you would like to discuss or preferably come along and visit us at the studio, please contact Sharon Devlin DoubleTake Co-ordinator on 0863708766

Please find attached  a copy of our DoubleTAKE supported Arts studio brochure. DT Brochure 12 3 12

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