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 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

I went along with Niamh to the first Get Ready for Work seminar of 2011 the week before last in Dundalk. It was my first time going to one of these seminars and I have to say, for a day at work, I really enjoyed it! The day was focused on talking to students about selling their skills to employers and the different tools they can use to do a little bit of self investigation.


Harriet Andrews, the Careers Officer from DKIT recommends using the Grad Ireland Careers Report and Niamh pointed students to the new AHEAD publication on Disclosure – both very valuable in examining what you want out of your career and how to approach the very complex issue of ‘when do I tell someone about my disability?’


If you missed the Dundalk session – do not fear! We have another seminar coming up on the 30th March in Limerick. Check out the poster:

Have you ever seen a nurse in a wheelchair? Would you be concerned if they were looking after you? You immediate answer might highlight that mindsets are often closed to disability in certain arenas. It’s a hugely interesting area and I say that not just because I come from a health science background myself but because it has really made me think about how I view certain professions. Students with disabilities, particularly deaf/hearing impaired students are restricted from teaching professions and while there are no shortcuts to equality for these students, it’s great to be able to discuss the issues and move forward.

If you are a student in a health science area, I would really recommend coming to our annual conference on the 16th March. It’s absolutely free for students and you are guaranteed to come away from the day with a new perspective! You can book a place online at

I am of course talking about our annual conference. This year taking place on the 16th March in O Reilly Hall, UCD.

The conference is entitled ‘the real risk is doing nothing – supporting nursing and midwifery students with a disability in clinical practice.’

While that may be somewhat of a mouthful, just watch the video below to get a sense of what will be discussed.