I Work in Education
Students with disabilities now make up more than 5% of the student population in higher education and that figure is likely to be higher in the further education sector so it's safe to say that whether you work in the academic department, examinations office or disability service, you are encountering students with disabilities on a day to day basis.
All college staff are responsible for ensuring that their service, or in the case of academics their curriculum delivery, is accessible to all students, including students with disabilities.
This section provides information on supporting students with disabilities in third level education, from disability support services providing reasonable accommodations to academics looking to implement inclusive teaching and learning strategies and provide notes in accessible formats.
Thursday 06 January 2022 AHEAD Conference 2022 - Register Now!
March 21-25th 2022
Tuesday 19 October 2021 The Reasonable Accommodations and Professional Placements (RAPP) Project
If you're involved in organising professional placements in Higher Education or FET, we need your help
Monday 01 November 2021 AHEAD Conference 2022 - Call for Submissions - Deadline Extended!
Open for submissions until Nov 3rd
Friday 12 November 2021 Better Options 2021 Registration Open!
Ideal for adults returning to education or for students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options, parents and guidance counsellors.
Monday 14 June 2021 Release of UDL for FET Guidance and Resource Hub
AHEAD are delighted to welcome the launch of 'UDL for FET Practitioners: Guidance for Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Irish Further Education and Training' and the release of the accompanying reflective tools and online resource hub.
Wednesday 04 August 2021 The EU Web Accessibility Directive
‘The Web Accessibility Directive: A legal viewpoint on practical ramifications for Irish further and higher education providers,’ offers a legal viewpoint of the implications of the Web Directive in Further Education and Training and Higher Education settings.
Wednesday 25 July 2018 Road Map for Disability Support in Higher Education in Ireland
The Road Map series outlines a vision for inclusive education based on universal design for learning principles and provides the research, tools and resources to implement this vision.
Thursday 02 November 2017 Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
Disability Supports & Services
Explore the the role of the disability office and see the types of support that your institution can offer students with disabilities.
An introduction to of a number of key pieces of legislation affecting the rights and delivery of services to people with disabilities.
Creating Accessible Documents
Get guidance on ways to create documents that are more accessible to users with disabilities, especially those using assistive technology.
Wednesday 10 March 2021 The AHEAD Journal - Issue 13 Out Now!
A best practice journal for practitioners working in the field of inclusive education and employment.
Inclusive Teaching Strategies
Explore teaching strategies which help to ensure all students are included in the learning environment.
Friday 09 October 2015 Video: Students on Teaching & Learning
We got the views of Irish students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties on teaching, learning and assessment and how educators can tweak their practice to help all students to learn.
Thursday 04 November 2021 AHEAD Start - Starting in 2022 (SOLD OUT)
Our blended learning training course for staff exploring how to support students with disabilities in college. Discounted for AHEAD Members.
Tuesday 16 March 2021 'Reconnection': AHEAD Conference 2021- Visit for content
AHEAD's International Conference on Disability Support and UDL in FE and HE