I’m writing to you because you may want to take part in our “Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media” initiative beginning this May.

Nearfm are currently looking to get together a vibrant team of Irish and non-EU nationals to take part in our intercultural project.

There is no cost. And no experience is necessary.

Do you have something to say?

Are you interested in interculturalism?

Would you like to work with a diverse team on a radio programme?

Then we want you!

  What is it?


The project is in two parts.


Part one is a 7 week FETAC level 4 course in Community Radio.


Part two will see the team work together on 13 radio programmes on the theme of intercultural dialogue.

Download the Motivation Form if you’re interested in participating in the project.  Please return it by April 23rd to Grace (details below) if you are interested in applying to take part.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

With Many Thanks,

Grace Wilentz
Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Coordinator
Near Media Co-op


About the project organisers: The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.

Key Information 

Event: Mature Students Conference

Date: Saturday 24th March 2012

Time: 10:30-16:00

Location: DIT Bolton Street

Cost: €10 



Hi all


On Saturday the 24th of March USI in conjunction with Mature Students Ireland MSI, the Board of Irish College Societies and DIT Old Skool Society will host a conference  for mature students in DIT Bolton Street.


This conference is open to every mature student in Ireland. During the conference there will be a number of workshops which are tailored to meet the needs of Mature Students. The purpose of the conference is two fold. Firstly we would like to provide mature students with vital information and skills which are needed to led a fulfilling and successful time in college. We would like to provide mature students with the opportunity  to network with others from all over the country.


We believe this is vitally important as it provides the opportunity to learn from each other.


A provisional timetable which details modules is attached here: Mature Student Conference CO Circulation 1.3


The conference will cost €10 per attendee.This will cover the cost of conference materials and the post conference  reception.  Students can register individually or as a group. Where students register as a group we will invoice for the event. Alternatively students can pay on the day.


Please note that registration is essential as places are limited.


You can register at


Should you require more information please let me know.


Please circulate to anyone who may be interested.


More information available here:

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

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 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   

Help us to promote these events! 

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

Exam accommodations such as additional time and alternative formats are the most common reasonable accommodations used by students with disabilities within school or college. There has been little or no consideration given to environmental accommodations for these students and how it impacts their academic performance within an examination context.

The purpose of this article is to introduce the concept of environmental accommodations for 3rd level examinations. This is based upon an identified need within a cohort of students with sensory defensiveness (SD) (also known as sensory over-responsiveness), which is experienced by some students with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder (DCD) as well as some mental health difficulties. Students with SD can become over-loaded by sensory stimuli (e.g. sound, light, touch, smells, and movement) and can have great difficulty in completing their everyday academic and non-academic tasks in college.  Environments such as lecture halls, restaurants, libraries and examination venues can be overwhelming, leading students to avoid them.

A survey of students registered with Disability Service availing of exam accommodations in February 2011 found that although the majority of students were satisfied with the venues a considerable number reported that they were experiencing great difficulty with the environment in these venues (Fig. 1).

Figure 1

An audit of the exam venues used for students receiving exam accommodations was then conducted by two Occupational Therapists (OT) working within Unilink Service, Trinity College (which is part of the DS Service).  Based upon this audit the therapists recommended to the examinations office that they use low-distraction venues (Figure 2) on a pilot basis and they would give advice on how to develop them.

Figure 2

Students who were deemed appropriate for using these low distraction venues were assessed by the Occupational Therapists within the Unilink Service using the Adolescent / Adult Sensory Profile (Brown & Dunn, 2002).

An investigation was then carried out by the DS staff on the low distraction venues in order to ascertain if they were effective during the examination period.  Invigilators were asked to complete questionnaires and students were asked for feedback by email following the examination period.

The results showed that all stakeholders found the setup of the low-distraction venues to be a positive experience and an improvement on the traditional group venues.  However, some students still experience sensitivity to auditory and visual distractions. The locations of the venues remain to be reviewed and the setup refined.  The pilot shows promising results and the venues will be used over the coming academic year and their effectiveness further assessed.


Brown, C. & Dunn, W. (2002) Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile: User’s Manual. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation.

For the full article please download this file: TCD Exam Venue Full Article

Authors: Kieran Lewis, Occupational Therapist, Unilink Service. Dr Clodagh Nolan, Unilink Service Director. Declan Treanor, Disability Service Director, T.C.D.


Email: klewis[at]


For more information on Unilink:

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