AHEAD in the News:

Job seeking skills for graduates with disabilities

 

Staff Picks:

Students’ project wins science award

Is this Ireland’s best school?

Tackling disability discrimination takes more than wheelchair ramps

TCD AS Support Service

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

‘The potential is obvious’

Election promises must be kept

How does CAO system work with a FETAC qualification?

Shrouded in mystery

Resignation offers hope that mummy may stay in Cork

Higher education for all is under threat

Teacher’s Pet

Students brand government ‘liars’ over tuition fee promises

Election promises must be kept

Honorary degrees awarded at TCD

Egypt says mummy can stay at UCC — if it’s too fragile for travel

 

Disability Headlines

Thank You Timothy Geithner

 Two Steves Who Changed My Life

What’s life like after meningitis?

MS research project at UCD yields some surprising results

Disability charity Scope launches a new bond to raise £20m

 

General Education Stories

Stand up straight, girls, and drink your soup correctly

Private companies to complain over State school bus scheme

VECs set to speed up school building projects

Exam focus to be reduced in Junior Cert overhaul

Quinn supports proposal to abolish Junior Certificate

Teachers retiring mid-year can be re-employed until holidays – Quinn

Teachers take lessons in wind turbines

Information Service launched for People with Hearing and Speech Difficulties

 

Mental Health in the Media

Reach out to others before it’s too late

‘Dirt cheap’ alcohol linked to suicides in youth, says Shortall

Doctor says alcohol implicated in 45 per cent of all suicides

 


Work Placement Opportunities – Now Available!

For

Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Differences

If you are a graduate with a disability/specific learning differences seeking valuable work experience the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are now being sought for 6 Work Placements available in ABBOTT IRELAND (based in Clonmel, Tipperary) in the following roles:

  • HR Assistant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Training Specialist
  • Manufacturing Engineer (x2)
  • Manufacturing Technician

 

Work placements are paid, mentored and for six months. Job descriptions are available on request

Candidates interested in making an application will need to complete a WAM Application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to AHEAD.

Deadline date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 3rd June, 2011.

Application forms, job descriptions and further information are available from our website at:

http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

Working to include, including for work

 

     WAM is a FÁS Funded Programme


This is a fantastic opportunity for 30 students and graduates with disabilities. Please email linda.kelly@ahead.ie to reserve a place. 

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.


Work Placement Opportunities – Now Available!

For

Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Differences

If you are a graduate with a disability/specific learning differences seeking valuable work experience the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are now being sought for 6 Work Placements available in ABBOTT IRELAND (based in Clonmel, Tipperary) in the following roles:

  • HR Assistant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Training Specialist
  • Manufacturing Engineer (x2)
  • Manufacturing Technician

 

Work placements are paid, mentored and for six months. Job descriptions are available on request

Candidates interested in making an application will need to complete a WAM Application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to AHEAD.

Deadline date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 3rd June, 2011.

Application forms, job descriptions and further information are available from our website at:

http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

Working to include, including for work

 

     WAM is a FÁS Funded Programme


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:

Careers Fair time has rolled around again! All my advice from last year remains – if you’re planning on going to any of the careers fairs, do have a read, do your preparation work.

This year I’ll be in UCD on the 8th October, CIT on the 6th October, and at the GradIreland Fair in the RDS on the 21st October. There may be more yet, and I’ll keep you updated if so. GradIreland has a comprehensive list of all the fairs on around the country here

I’ll also be running a seminar at the GradIreland Fair at about half 3. In it I’ll be aiming to briefly cover many of the elements in the Get Ready for Workshops, so if you’re at the fair on the 21st,  do drop by.

As always – for more updates, keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook.com/getaheadforum