Staff Picks:

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

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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

Pick of the week:

The points system fails students and the country, so replace it with a lottery

Higher Education News & Views

Mature students feel let down by ’empty pledge’

Colleges clamp down as students copy and paste their way to degrees

Colleges should be free to ‘hire and fire’

College president defends €100,000 spent on taxis

Universities should be free to ‘hire and fire’ and set pay

Warning over lack of funding at third level

WIT asked for report on spending

Quinn intervenes in reappointment of college chief

WIT board refuses to extend term of president

Mature student, 91, set for second term at university

Disability News & Views (General)

How my cousin Aimée, the first Down’s TV star, made me smile through the tears. . .

No fear of going to school with iScoil

Mum of autistic boy ‘in shock’ over stem-cell centre closure

Survivors’ group to protest against use of electroshock therapy

Does it work? Can flower remedies help with autism?

Teaching parents to accept

Hardest Hit march brings disabled people out on to the streets

Dear parent: why your dyslexic child struggles with reading

Ring finger length link to disease

Boy who can hear again hailed as medical miracle

Taking the long view of ageing in Ireland

Baby left deaf by meningitis can hear again

 

General Education News

Fee-paying schools lose building grants

Govt announces 15,900 extra training and education places

Keeper of the school gate

End is in sight for roll calls as schools face the future

Radio Captioning And Its Relevance To Education

 

Mental Health in the Media

Cost and stigma barrier to people seeking help with mental heath issues

Prospects for new Central Mental Hospital ‘hopeless’

Irish Examiner wins health award

Alcohol consumption has ‘significant’ influence on suicide rates

Bitter pursuit of debt ‘causing suicides’

Spate of teen suicides over May weekend

Listeners urged to ‘mind their mates’

Students rewarded for suicide campaign

Mental health fears for children in care

Remarks on suicide and debt welcomed

Bankers hit out at Honohan’s ‘emotive’ remarks on suicide

‘The most important thing is to reach out’

Hello everyone,

the last of the four day weeks for a while! Well at least until the June Bank Holiday weekend 🙂

First up this week, make sure you check out AHEAD in the News! Ann Heelan Director of AHEAD featured in the Irish Times Education Profile. You can read the article in full here: Disability is not a bar to learning

We are also delighted to provide a link to Sinead Kanes interview with Ryan Tubridy during the week. Sinead is a current WAM Participant and a graduate of UCC. Sinead has also spoken at GET AHEAD events in the past.

You can listen to the interview here: https://getaheadblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/sinead-kane-on-2fm/

In other news, I’ve grouped articles together under some loose headings to make the post easier to browse! Hope this helps! I’ve also added my own personal favourite at the top of the list!

Personal Favourite:

Our daughter has a right to an education, like every other child

Higher Education News & Views

Higher education harmed by political system

John Drennan: Quinn to axe points race by 2014

Third-level heads asked to put forward proposals on reform

Waterford institute spending review

We should ensure there is not too much of an overlap in provision of courses

Graduates to get degree status under alliance

CAO apologises for posting med applicants’ test scores online

Galway’s educational institutes sign up to partnership

Disability News & Views (General)

McDonald’s to improve outlet accessibility

Helping more disabled people get into politics

Transitioning From Primary To Secondary School

Comic’s €250,000 donation is no joke

Teenager with cerebral palsy awarded €3.5m

Disabled man’s quad bike stolen from outside his flat

Mental Health in the Media

Suicide statistics ‘brushed under the carpet’

49% do not seek help for mental problems

One in five social network conversations focus on ‘negative’

Just 50% of people with mental health issues seek counselling

Family calls for more research into anti-depressants

Only 9 cells for mentally ill prisoners, claims POA

General Education News

Online learning bridges the gap from class to the digital world

Teacher’s Pet – Tues May 3rd

Minister on collision course with gaelscoileanna

Yes, we teachers just don’t know how privileged we really are

Our education failures cannot be put on backburner

Other articles of interest

Dragon’s Den judge Gallagher confirms presidential ambition

4th National APA Conference

Concerns at overuse of sedatives in hospitals

Cheap rates not for all

Arts and Disability Awards Ireland 2011

Want to know even more? Then check out the BBC Ouch! blog which has compiled a list of relevant links from the BBC this week: Disability around the BBC this week

We were delighted to hear Sinead Kane, a WAM Participant and supporter of AHEAD speaking to Ryan Tubridy on 2fm this week. Sinead was chatting about her career and experience as a person with a disability.

You can listen to the interview here: http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2011/pc/pod-v-0405201115m22stubridyvisualimpaired-pid0-922536.mp3

Taken from the 2fm.ie website:

Tubridy Wednesday:

On Todays Show,

Ryan spoke to Sinead Kane, Ireland’s first Visually Impaired Solicitor. Sinead has a combination of four eye conditions which leave her with only five per cent vision, meaning that she is legally blind. Sinead was highlighting some of the issues that visually impaired people encounter. You can check out Sinead’s website www.sineadkane.ie

It’s that time of the week again – lots of links this week, the majority of which are related to the different teacher conferences that are going on. Looking at the news this weeks, it’s clear that Minister Quinn has a lot of plans for the education system. If you have an idea about how you would like to change the education system, why not leave us a comment?

In the meantime, happy reading!

A survey of student experience is being conducted by AHEAD in collaboration with USI in March 2011.  The survey will be carried out with students nationally across the sector (aiming to reach 362 to get a fully representative sample). It aims to identify feedback from students with disabilities of accessing supports and accommodations in higher education. Students according to the Hunt Report, “have a major contribution to make in influencing the design of curricula” and in the provision of services.  This survey will seek student views on their experience of getting supports and accommodations, in order to provide feedback to the higher education sector.

Students matter, but according to the report of the 2005 Review of Quality Assurance in Irish Universities it is difficult for that voice to be heard within the system.  We intend that this timely survey will provide the sector with valuable information regarding the impact, if any, of changes to the funding levels and administration of the Fund for students with disabilities this year

The survey has been piloted by students with disabilities, is short and will be totally anonymous.  The survey can be accessed through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/aheadstudentsurvey

We need your help!!! 362 respondents is a huge ask so we need you to promote this survey in your college, on your Facebook and to your friends! Remember not all disabilities are visible so just because you think you don’t have any friends with disabilities – it may not necessarily be true!

Any problems with the survey – just email linda.kelly@ahead.ie!