On behalf of all the staff in AHEAD we would like to wish all our fanbook fans, twitter followers and fellow bloggers a very Happy Easter! 

Our week in review is below so you can catch up on the latest news and reviews over the long weekend! Or you could scrap the computer and hit the park for what is promised to be a beautiful weekend! Eagle eyed readers might notice the picture below is from one of my favourite spots – Fitzgeralds Park in Cork!

AHEAD would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Citi on winning the AHEAD Disability Inclusion Award at the GradIreland Awards which took place last week.

Week in Review: 

The iPad way to fight autism

Institutions ‘use drugs to subdue residents’

Gene link identified in ADHD

IHF: state spends just €120 on rehab per stroke victim

University employment practice criticised

Still a champion of people with intellectual disabilities after 50 years

Cuts taking their toll on teens with intellectual disabilities

Time for an end to exclusion Ireland

Banks ‘should share profits with suffering charities’

I feel as if I’ve beaten cancer of the mind

Hundreds take part in Job Shadow day

Website snaps up student who turned profit on his study notes

Mature Matters: Depression

Ex-store manager awarded €84,000 for dismissal

Education system needs to reflect our diversity

Six-year delay in regulation of sector

The gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2011: a positive outlook for graduates.

Congrats to Mary Keogh over on the Human Rights in Ireland site for putting together this very simple guide on making the election accessible for people with disabilities. This is a very significant election, particularly for students as there is a clear divide among the parties about how to fund higher education which will have a direct impact on you in the coming years. It’s important that you can access all the information out there in order to make an informed decision and most importantly that you can get into the polling booth on the 25th February.

Check out the post here: http://www.humanrights.ie/index.php/2011/02/02/it-is-time-for-an-inclusive-approach-to-campaigning/ and if you have a few minutes – why not send it to the candidates running in your area!

AHEAD invited students with disabilities from all over Ireland to the Kilmainham Hilton Hotel where we asked them ‘what would make your education amazing?’ We did this with Chris Chapman (Change Exploratory) as a facilitator who used the World Cafe technique (theworldcafe.com). The evening before the World Cafe we invited successful professionals to have dinner with students so that they could find out more about different professions in an informal setting and make connections for the future. Guests included Caroline Carswell, Lucy Fallon Byrne, Brian Mooney, Tony Ward, Dermot O Sullivan, Sinead Kane, Aoibheann Gleeson & Viv Rath.
The event was a huge success thanks to all the students who took part and shared their experience and stories so openly with us. We look forward to bringing those stories to policy and decision makers in 2011. This video is the start of that – it is a brief look at what happened on the day with contributions from students. It was first shown at the AHEAD AGM on the 14th December 2010.

Hopefully you’re here because you have gotten a letter from our director Ann Heelan, enclosing our Charter for Teaching and Learning. We’re really keen to see as many people as possible use this and to find it useful!

If you’d like to sign up as a supporter of the Charter, please go to the comments and leave your name, department and college. If you don’t want to leave your name in the comments you can email us at ahead AT ahead.ie (just put “supporter of the Charter” in the subject line)

You can tell us about any innovative examples of teaching and learning practices here too. This helps us to stay up to date with what’s happening all over the country and to share your experiences with others which may help them in their work.

If you have any questions about it or any other matter please contact us.

… was a great success! I’m very happy with how the event went and loved the Science Gallery as a venue. If you’ve just stopped by here today for the first time, hello and thank you!

I’m off to the ERA campaign conference today, so notes from last night won’t go up until tonight/ tomorrow, but please do feel free to leave any feedback or further comments from last night below, and do come back and let me know if I’ve summarised the discussion properly!

If you’re interested in a copy of the publication (“Demystifying Disability in the Workplace”) that was launched last night by the very entertaining Senator David Norris, please drop me an email at getahead AT ahead.ie with your contact details.

This evening, in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin, from 6pm, we have an event that I’ve been organising and one which is a little different for us, being much shorter than our regular conferences and as an evening event, will hopefully suit some more people. I’m looking forward to seeing how the format unfolds, to using the Science Gallery as a venue and most importantly, to what we’re actually doing and seeing how it’s received.

The point of the event is twofold. We want to launch WAM’s new publication, “Demystifying Disability in the Workplace”, which Senator David Norris has kindly agreed to do. And, we want to use the time to discuss one of the more confusing elements of disability in the workplace – reasonable accommodations.

The publication is born out of WAM’s experiences over the last 4 years, and it’s been informed by what managers and employers have told us, by what we’ve learnt from them and from graduates in the workplace. The primary motivation for the booklet is to provided practical guidelines for organisations on tackling everyday issues that arise in the recruitment and management of people with disabilities. It is in tended as an instrument for managers, supervisors and related personnel.  We hope that sharing that learning will mean that the same situations don’t keep coming up time and time again, so that we can progress in our ultimate aim, which is to see more and more people with disabilities having full access to and participation in an inclusive workforce.

The evening kicks off at 6, there’ll be refreshments available, and we’ll be done by 7:30 at the latest (but you can stay a little longer too!) If you want to come and can’t stay, do drop in, say hello and pick up a copy of the book. There’s not much point in writing about demystifying disability in the workplace, and having the book only sitting in our workplace! Either way, we’d love to see you.

AHEAD Launch & Learn event, Monday 23rd November, 6pm, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

This short evening event will offer the chance to pick up our latest publication “Demystifying Disability in the Workplace” which will be launched by Senator David Norris and to help further the development of learning around reasonable accommodations in the workplace. We would be delighted if you would note the date in your diary, and share this information with anyone you think may be interested (for example, employers, hr personnel, managers, disability officers, careers officers, students and graduates with disabilities).

For further information, watch this space! (or of course you can email me) If you’d like to come, I’d appreciate if you could let me know, so that I can keep an eye on numbers.