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Greetings,

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

01-848-5211
www.near.ie

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.

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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.

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  http://maturestudentsconference.eventbrite.com

 

Should you require more information please let me know.

 

Please circulate to anyone who may be interested.

 

Introduction:

Andrew Blair is the Human Resources Manager with Bank of Ireland & a Director of AHEAD. He’s been working in recruitment for 25years. This is his speech from the WAM Leaders Event which took place in Dail Eireann on Wednesday 22nd February 2012.

Introduction to working with disability

I worked in Bank of Ireland Securities Services (BoISS) a satellite company of BoI which employed 450 people at one point (it has since been sold to Northern Trust).

A customer of BoISS approached me to ask for placements for students from Mary Hare School for Deaf. It was only at that point that I realised I had no real knowledge/education on the topic of disability. I also realised that in fact we had no-one with a disability in the organisation. Not only that, no-one ever remembered anyone with a disability applying.

At that time I also met WAM and attended a workshop. I realised that we were potentially missing out on up to 10% of society by (unconsciously) not including people with disabilities. This was at that time (very different to today) when we had high growth; high staff turnover; recruitment plans took us abroad; and cost us a great deal of money and yet we were potentially ignoring potential recruits.

So like all the employers here today we agreed to take people in on placements and our learning really started.

So what did we learn?

  1. There are very real barriers to entry for people with disabilities both conscious & unconscious:
  • Fear/anxieties about legal problems
  • Some recruiters had real issues/unconfident/inexperienced
  • Prejudice may well have existed – easy to find reasons not to support
  • Recruiters; managers; HR staff are powerful gatekeepers and can determine the nature of your organisation through their own assumptions
  1. We realised that for a placement to be successful we (our approach/attitude/knowledge base) had to change and we had to prepare the way:
  • Held education sessions – needed to open minds get issues on the table/Discussed diversity not disability/discussed how will we handle employees (one of us) acquiring a disability?
  • I asked the question “how would you like to be treated if you were disabled in some way”; followed up by “what type of organisation do we want to create and belong to”?  This was the creation of empathy (not sympathy) and was key to persuading manager’s as to the need to get diversity on the agenda and keep it there as a “normal” business practice
  • All students were placed with “positive gatekeepers” who helped prepare their team – mentor was assigned to a key influencer
  • Talked openly about accommodations with the students (and most importantly what not to do!), quite often no accommodations were required.

Benefits to the organisation:

  • Overall attitude shift with regard to diversity in general – eg more part time workers accepted; openness in understanding issues
  • Our core business work had no impossible barrier that could not be reasonably overcome – we were computerised; non manual
  • Education gap on legal issues was addressed with particular regard to holding interviews/creating accessibility
  • Most important though (almost out of nowhere) we starting receiving applications from other people with disabilities!

WAM future

Each of the employers here today is being recognised for being a positive gatekeeper and I applaud each of you for your initiative and professionalism.

Business is about making things happen and that is what WAM does.

For all people trying to get a job in today’s environment no one needs me to state how competitive and tricky it has become.  For those with a disability the barrier to entry is even higher

Therefore it is even more important that all gatekeepers keep diversity on the agenda; and keep providing those opportunities for those that need this valuable start in organisational life

As a Director of AHEAD I wish to thank each of you and as a fellow employer I urge you to keep the faith and continue the good work

Thank you for listening

AB Feb 2012

 

More information available here: http://www.ahead.ie/aheadannualconference2012

Work Placement Opportunities

 

Now available for

Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties

If you are a graduate with a disability/specific learning difficulty seeking valuable work experience, the AHEAD WAM Programme, which offers a six month, paid, mentored work placement may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are now being sought for a wide variety of positions across the Civil Service.  

Please see the application form for a full list of roles available. The application form and further information are available from our website at www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

Candidates interested in applying will need to complete a WAM application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to wam@ahead.ie.

For queries, please contact WAM directly by email at wam@ahead.ie or by telephone on 01 278 9325.

The Closing Date for Applications is 5pm, Friday 24th February 2012  

working to include, including for work

Hands On, Series 16 Programme 7

 

15th January, 12.25pm, RTÉ One

 

 

Forget the long days and cold, dark nights; the next programme of Hands On will brighten up your Sunday! Curl up in front of a warm fire, with a cup of cocoa and watch this Sunday’s programme!

 

Check out the ISL promo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikf0yyNW46w or check out our website www.rte.ie/handson<http://www.rte.ie/handson>

 

Deaflympics

The world of Deaf sport was rocked in February last year when, for the first time in history, the Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia was cancelled. It would have been the games’ 17th run. Rumours of corruption and poor handling of the games travelled fast, while Jaromir Ruda, the head of the Slovakian Deaflympic Committee, was arrested for fraud and embezzlement. Following the scandal in Slovakia, Athens withdrew their bid for the 2013 Deaflympics, leaving the future of Deaflympics looking shaky. Ciarán Moloney finds out what really happened and what this means for the future of the Deaflympics.

 

Take 5! Cathy Heffernan

The world of journalism is cut-throat and competitive, but Irish Deaf woman Cathy Heffernan made it! She defied the odds and landed a job at The Guardian newspaper in London. Eddie Redmond sends roving reporter Sarah Jane to find out the secrets behind Cathy’s success! Cathy is a woman of many talents – not only is she a sub-editor for The Guardian, but she recently produced a documentary, ‘Deaf Sisterhood’ for the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. She shares his experiences with Sarah Jane and offers advice to other Deaf interested in getting into media.

 

Emergency SMS

For years the Irish Deaf Commmunity has been in the unenviable and dangerous position of having no way to independently contact the emergency services.  The emergency relay service was the only option up to now – messages were sent via the minicom, an outdated technology that relies on a landline – no good in case of an emergency outside the home or a fire that requires a quick exit!  Finally, after years of campaigning from the Deaf organisations, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has finally launched an emergency SMS service for Deaf people and people with speech difficulties which means that in emergencies, you can now send a text to the number 112 to contact the ambulance service, Gardaí or fire brigade. Seán Herlihy finds out how to register and how it works!

To register or find out more about the new Emergency SMS text service, check out:

http://www.112.ie/

 

To find out more about the Deaflympics, check the following websites for updates:

International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) http://www.ciss.org/ http://www.deaflympics.com/about/ If you are interested in sports and would like to get involved then contact Deaf Sport Ireland (formerly IDSA):

http://www.irishdeafsports.net/

 

 

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