So, it’s been a while since I did one of these. In fact, it’s been a while since I blogged… I’ve been using the facebook & twitter a lot more, so do be sure to use those if possible.


Anyway, here’s a quick round up of some of the things I’ve heard about, and think you should to.


David McWilliams is hosting a fundraiser for Dyslexia Association Ireland, this Thursday (21st October)

If you’re an 02 customer you can support the NCI disability support service, and it won’t cost you anything. More information here

IrishDeafKids has gotten funding from Dublin Bus to run Life Skills Workshops for Deaf teens. It’s on 28th October.

Aontas has an adult learner forum in Athlone on November 3rd. I was at their last event and it provides a great opportunity to share experiences. Register here

Iphones & smart phone technologies are becoming key pieces of assistive technology as talked about by Austin Seraphin on his blog Behind the Curtain

Another example of smartphone’s usefullness: the amazing Grace App for Autism, created by Lisa of Hammie Says, won a much deserved Irish Web Award for Best Mobile App on Saturday night.


Think2act conferences

The team running the fantastic (from everything I‘ve heard anyway!) think2act conference is back. There’s another one on in NCI on the 31st August. Registration is now open and it’s well worth a look. For €25 it could really make a difference to you – and appears to have for the people attending. I’m very much looking forward to getting an insight into how it works myself (I’m not taking one of the places, just have kindly been invited to come along), and seeing if there’s lessons we can take from it. However, there’s not many places left, so get going and register!

NCI Career Bootcamp

NCI are following the think2act conference with a free week long career bootcamp This is another excellent opportunity to build your skills, make sure you’re doing everything you could be. Have a look at the site, see if any of it is of interest to you and drop in!

On the 9th September there is an information workshop on Dublin City Council’s new online accessibility consultation tool: I’ve written about this before, but unfortunately, I can’t be there because I’ll be at this in Slovenia.

Interested in learning more about the Equal Status Act?

Access to Equality: A Training Course on the Equal Status Acts is being run in UCD by UCD & ICCL. If you’re interested in attending, have a look at the above link and remember closing date for applications is the 11th September.

NUIG Public Lecture in the Centre for Disability Law & Policy

On 11th September in NUIG Professor Oddny Arnardottir, Reykjavik University, Iceland, Co-Author of ‘ The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – European and Scandinavian Perspectives’.

will be speaking on: ‘What does Equality Mean for Persons with Disabilities’ Lessons from the new UN Treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’.

All are Welcome. Podcasts from the event will be available afterwards at

Flyer with more information available here

NDA event

On the 23rd September the NDA are hosting a conference on Safe Evacuation for All. “This event will provide practical advice on planning for the safe evacuation of all building users, including people with disabilities. There will be a number of interesting case studies showing how Irish organisations are dealing with evacuation planning. The conference fee (including lunch and refreshments) will be €50 per person, with a concession rate of €40 for people with disabilities, staff of disability representative organisations, IOSH members and other affiliated bodies.”

NCI are running another great event called Think2Act. This is an excellent (and free) opportunity. The main theme of the day is change: changing the recession mindset across all ages. More information can be found on their website.

Via Damien I found out about this competition where NCI & Metro are offering an amazing prize to the winner of their essay competition. You could win a package including an educational fund worth €20,000 and €15,000 in other supports, like personal mentoring, computer equipment and even a style package worth €1,000.  If you’re thinking about going back to college, or re-evaluating what you’re doing right now, your career plan, this could be worth a shot!

To win write a 2000 word essay on: Why do you want to change your life, and how could education help?

More information can be found on the website