GET AHEAD (me!)

email: getahead@ahead.ie

phone: 087 9631429 OR 01 2789516

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AHEAD – The Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (www.ahead.ie)

ahead@ahead.ie

WAM – the Willing Able Mentoring Programme, another project of AHEAD.

wam@ahead.ie

3 Responses to “Contact Us”

  1. anne dunphy Says:

    I would like to apply for the Job Preparation Skills seminars for graduates with Disabilities on May 25th & 26th 2009 in UL; if not available I would like June 11th & 12th in DIT or June 24th & 25th NUI,Galway.

    I would appreciate any related-data,

    Regards,

    Anne Dunphy

  2. Lisa Says:

    Hi there,
    I applaud the fact that so name colleges now make efforts to support students once they are in college, but what supports are out there to help people access the education in the first place.
    Most people with disabilities are living on benefits, many with children. How can they possibly afford to get their education in the first place? All grants available are for full time education but people who are in pain or people who have attention difficulties simply cannot commit to full-time education. Where are the supports for part-time education and distance learning that could really make education accessible to people with these types of disabilities?
    How come the popular phrase, used by government and well meaning disability support groups helping to ’make education accessible to all’ only refers to people who are well enough to go to full time education? Is there anything being done to address this issue?

    1. Niamh Says:

      Hi Lisa,

      We are very aware of the challenges faced by people who can’t commit to full time education and when we say we are working towards making further and higher education inclusive for people with disabilities, we don’t just mean those seeking to enter full time education. Unfortunately, we are facing difficulties around making the fund for students with disabilities available for people in part time courses and we continue to lobby hard for that to change. However, when we train staff or produce booklets or information or deliver information we do so knowing that it will benefit all students.

      Finally, third level institutions are obliged to make reasonable accommodations so that all students with disabilities can access and participate fully, under the Equal Status Act, and you can find more information about that here http://www.equality.ie/index.asp?locID=106&docID=226. If you’d like to give me or my colleagues a call to talk more about this, please do – you can get us on 01 7164396

      Niamh

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