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.

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How Chuck’s cash changed Irish research

Rights-based approach needed in new law on legal capacity

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

IT Sligo and Citrix in joint skills initiative

Swotting hard for the HPAT

How to make the best Leaving Cert choices

The world’s top 10 Universities to study law

Top earning academics reject pay cut request

 

Disability Headlines

President calls for change in attitudes towards autism

Boy (3) to undergo bionic ear operation

Tragedy of MS sufferer who rode wheelchair for two hours to kill herself

Wheelchair beauty queen crowned

New hope in ‘floppy baby’ treatment

Disabled Rehab workers faced with redundancy

Special needs facility opens

Living with ball and chain of pain

The painful part of the human condition

Boy (11) crosses Atlantic in bid to walk

Brave Aryana is a cut above at helping her little brother

Trigger Warning: Adults With Disabilities More Likely To Be Abused Than Non-Disabled Adults: Study

 

General Education Stories

Jerome Reilly: Take away the school, kill the local community

Hard lessons we need to learn from the legacy of foolishness

Colm O’Rourke: Ireland can come top of the class again

Deis may expand to help more schools

Transition year students gather for drama festival

Children may get option of school across the border

Parents emphasise maths as an aid to career prospects

Coalition pursuing ‘scorched earth’ policy on rural schools, says principal

Guidance counsellors have nothing to fear

Making sure rebel-speak isn’t lost in translation, like

Just half of Traveller children in secondary school

Teacher’s pet

Almost 25% of pupils attending Protestant schools are Catholic

€35m set aside for 200 schools to replace prefabs with classrooms

Buttimer says roles of teachers are more flexible

Tackling legacy of school prefabs may yield 800 jobs

 

Mental Health in the Media

Just a teenager trying to make sense of his life

‘I don’t think I am normal. I have excluded myself from the world’

Surge in self-harm incidents linked to effects of recession

Psychiatric unit closure postponed

Close to 3,000 cases of physical restraint

 

Employment Features

€15k each on offer to new generation of entrepreneurs

Students should do 10-week summer internship, report recommends

Staff Picks:

Encounter on the Luas stops us in our tracks

Positions vacant – lacking talent

I’m jobless, so why am I excluded from JobBridge?

Wheelchairtaxi.ie

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Quarter of Fás trainees qualified at third level

Three Munster ITs want to unite as a large university

Student numbers in UK tumble 9%

Third level holds key to our recovery

A lecturer rejects the idea that his is a cushy job

University plan promises wider choice of courses

More than 750 places available on graduate ICT courses

IPA becomes recognised college of UCD

Quinn says online media as accountable as traditional media

College registration fees set to hit €3k, says Quinn

 

Disability Headlines

Top wheelchair basketball teams to use Northern Ireland event as London 2012 warm-up

They’re fighting for a real miracle…

Hiqa to assess Deep Brain Stimulation service

Cork twin (3) to be first Irish child with ‘bionic’ ear implant

 

General Education Stories

Quinn pledges to work with principals on saving schools

Quinn defends cuts to teacher numbers in smaller schools

Children’s grades get a boost from after-school activity

Quinn stresses role of parents in children’s development

Too many activities can damage school performance, says report

Denial of education to Roma child violates human rights

Art student doodles her way onto shortlist

School thrives after 60 years

Preparing for the Baccalaureate

Goodbye Mr – and Mrs – Chips

Up to 3,000 for protest over cuts which threaten future of rural schools

Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils

New teaching entrants to earn 30% less than their colleagues

Protests and insults over school cuts

Parents in protest over ‘culture of fear’ at school

Teaching while the supports fall away

Teacher staffing changes to hit small schools

‘All the staff give an awful lot, nobody minds doing a bit extra’

Education gains ‘can be kept with small pay cuts’

FF condemn Quinn’s ‘sneaky approach’ to cuts

Minister still wants DEIS ‘economies’

Review of smaller schools due in months

Female principal for Rockwell College

Ministerial review won’t help 33 schools set to lose teachers

 

Mental Health in the Media

Keyes’s novel way of tackling depression.

‘Lives lost’ as mental health funds suffer cuts

Mentally ill prisoner found lying on floor of locked room

Prisons lack mental health expertise

Study finds suicide prevention strategies work

Mental health fund could get ‘hived off’ for other sectors

 

Employment Features

Job scheme helps 605 people back to work

New guide to help employers handle impact of suicide

Free tech courses set to meet job demand

Jobs centre pleads with unions for help after Fás fund cuts

Employer seeks Sudoku fans

Staff Picks:

Sports broadcaster Colm Murray’s battle with motor neurone disease, and his determination to contribute to efforts to find a cure.

MND – The Inside Track

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Third-level presidents oppose new university

Newspapers cleared of breaching student’s injunction

Over 50,000 apply for college places

Filling out the CAO form – Tick the Box!

University heads deny accusations of elitism

Sugar-coated bacteria may help in fight against cancer, says UCC

Third-level rift as university heads labelled ‘arrogant’

President calls for response to ‘intellectual crisis’ in society

My life started at 39 — when I finally sat my Leaving Cert

UCC withdraws far-right politician’s invitation

 

Disability Headlines

Parents now ‘less tolerant of disabled children in same class’

How An Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis Saved My Marriage

Rehab welcomes reversal of training bonus cuts

Seeing their lives change before your eyes

‘Parliament must rule on disabled man’s death bid’

How a dog’s life can transform others

UK operation may enable Cavan girl (6) walk unaided

Disability rights campaigner joins Labour

 

General Education Stories

Up to 1,600 teachers to retire before changes to pensions

Gaeltacht parents oppose teacher ratio changes in smaller primary schools

Many students cannot add without calculator study shows

Some small rural schools are being put in immediate jeopardy by staffing cuts

Synge Street – where did it all go right?

‘Raise the bar and close the gap’

Students ‘will not be hit by exodus of teachers’

‘Double whammy’ payment to rehired teachers criticised

Dáil protest at staffing plan for smaller schools

Rural schools must take ‘share of burden’

DEIS schools still face cutbacks, admits Quinn

Falling budgets see class resources cut

 

Mental Health in the Media

Powerful voice for mentally ill people

‘The depth of my depression was irrational . . . Give yourself time. Get the support you need’

TDs in calls to reinstate advocacy worker

Suicide crisis – So much more to do

Magic mushrooms ‘could treat depression’

Slow progress on mental health policy criticised

Closure of psychiatric unit ‘set in blood’

Whistleblower who raised concerns over patients’ welfare gets job back

Voluntary mental patient not being held unlawfully

 

Employment Features

77% of jobseekers lie on CV, survey finds

The AHEAD WAM Programme 2012

 

Are you interested in a paid, mentored work placement?

Are you a final year student or graduate with a disability?

Then register today for the AHEAD WAM Programme.

To register, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/WAM2012 & provide the required information;
  2. You will then receive notifications of WAM work placement opportunities, as they arise, via email.

 

 

 

Staff Picks:

Attitudes towards disabled more negative in past five years – report

Ageing with dignity and disability

Social class and gender ‘have huge effect on the way pupils are taught’

Learning to cope with the job market

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Quinn to approve technology university in southeast

STEMs are vital if we want to grow

UCC sues ESB for €18m over damage from opening dams after heavy rains

Over 80% of UL graduates employed or in further studies, figures show

Top academics snub Quinn pay cut plea

Only college boss who agreed to pay cut lost just €1,500

NUIG lifts curtain on new degree in drama

Student seeks injunctions against newspapers in Facebook case

 

Disability Headlines

I’m 45 and have young onset Parkinson’s

Pupils in a class of their own

Teenager awarded €5.25m for injuries suffered during birth

Boy, 11, awarded €1 million after leg amputated

Plan for single welfare payment due in March

Disability Etiquette: Think Ability, Not Disability

 

General Education Stories

Parents camp out to secure school places

Hundreds to meet over risk to West Cork schools

‘Sacrificial lambs’ of education saved by volte-face

Time to get real for the Leaving

Up to 700 attend meeting over school fears

Closure of small schools is ‘death by a thousand cuts’ for communities

Exempting teachers from cuts ruled out

Schools fear parents may sue over cuts

Traditional ways of teaching still prevail, says study

Young women are the best educators

Maths teaching days vary by 18 days a year, study finds

Quality of teaching – Consistency is important

Deis protesters picket Department of Education

 

Mental Health in the Media

Festival targets stigma of mental ill-health

Lynch to hear plea over hospital closure

Thirty suicides already this year from all walks of life

Relief to fore as athlete admits his race is run

Most suicides linked to drink problems

Suicide study – 190 deaths is too many

Gambling a ‘major factor’ in suicide

Experts say mental hospital must close

 

Employment Features

New website aims to have 5,000 job pledges by June

Staff Picks:

Disability fund will meet demand, claims department

‘That’s the thing about your death . . . it pulls in all your loved ones’

Suzy Byrne: A pause? We need more than that … we need a real discussion on disability

Dedicated to changing lives

Education cuts in the budget

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Who earns most in higher education?

High Earners, Low Funding

Heavy Hitters

USI warning on university fees hike

1,200 college places for jobless unfilled

Higher student fees and fewer teachers on way with €76m cuts

Fees are going up, but you can still win an achievement award

 

Disability Headlines

€2.5m intellectual disability centre planned for Clonakilty

They have pride, passion and dignity — and they deserve so much more

Cuts ‘will trap young disabled’

We’re in panic mode all the time

Link between ADHD and body clock established

BAI launches public consultation on access 

 

Budget Coverage of Disability Payments

Gilmore defends cuts to disability payments

Kenny announces review of payments to young disabled

Proposed cuts: measures would have saved €36m

Young people with disabilities to be ‘further excluded from society’

‘I thought that Enda Kenny was going to be a legend . . . Not anymore’

Suzy Byrne: We’re not talking bad backitis here … we’re talking about people with real disabilities

Dear Enda …

A U-turn that raises as many questions as it answers

Blame game on over disability pay plan

‘They did not think this through’

Climbdowns seriously undermined the previous coalition

Disability cut U-turn – In fairness, better late than never

Apology as Bill on disability pulled

 

General Education Stories

Pupil-teacher ratio change on hold until at least 2013

Building blocks to your child’s future

Pilot scheme for pupil literacy expands to eight more schools

Bus fee the main route to school economies

1,000 teachers to take early retirement

Ratio changes threaten student guidance

Quinn defends broken pledge not to increase fees

School transport appeals increase 500% in four years

Quinn told schools could have no heat

In My Opinion: Parents will have a more active role in how schools adapt to changes

 

Mental Health in the Media

Seeking answers but not retribution on subject of suicide

Column: Suicide isn’t just about depression – it’s about all of us

‘Depression can be a slow ebb’

€35m cash for mental health

Half of psychiatric admissions have a drug problem

Families protest against closure of psychiatric unit

Actor Brenda Fricker says she battled with depression

HSE sends psychiatric notes to wrong family

 

Employment Features

Employers will pay for sick leave, vows Burton