Week 3 Pre-recorded Sessions
Each of the five weeks is focused on a different theme, looking at various aspects of a whole-college approach to inclusion. Below are a selection of pre-recorded presentations linked to our theme: 'What can I do for you?': Disability Support in Online Learning .
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Personal Assistants in the Virtual World of Further Education
- Angela Fahy, Personal Assistant, Kinsale College of Further Education
Angela Fahy Personal Assistant, Kinsale College of Further Education
Angela has been a Personal Assistant in Kinsale College for two years. She is a mother of three and is heavily involved in coaching in sport. Angela feels that she gives students an opportunity to participate equally in a classroom setting. She has completed courses in Autism Studies, UDL and Early Childhood Care and Education.
Gail Jones Personal Assistant, Kinsale College of Further Education
Gail Jones has been working in Kinsale College for four years. She is a mother of two. Gail holds a qualification in Early Childhood Care & Education and has completed courses in Autism Studies, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Eirim Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing, UDL, Narrative 4 Story Telling Facilitator Training and she is currently studying Level 7 Early Childhood Care & Education.
The Unexpected Advantages of a Global Pandemic When Losing Your Sight! Managing an Acquired Disability During Education
- Caroline Lane, Children and Young Person's Team Lead, National Council for the Blind Ireland
Caroline Lane Children and Young Person's Team Lead, National Council for the Blind Ireland
Caroline Lane is the Children and Young Persons (CYP) Team Lead with NCBI, Ireland's national sight loss agency providing support and services to people experiencing sight loss. Caroline has worked with NCBI for over 17 years and has been central to the move to the creation of a dedicated service to Children and Young People with Vision Impairment. As a qualified Low Vision Therapist with a Master's in Education, Caroline leads NCBI's multi-disciplinary CYP team focussed on ensuring that children and young people are enabled to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society. Caroline has a keen interest in early intervention and has implemented a number of successful projects based around transitional planning at early years, primary and secondary level.
Denis Ryan Undergraduate Student, University of Limerick
Denis Ryan is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Limerick. Hailing from Tipperary, he sees the vibrancy of the industry in Ireland and is keen to use his skills following graduation on combining technology and biology to meet people's healthcare needs. Denis experienced a sudden and dramatic loss of vision in early 2020 resulting in a significant challenge in accessing and producing material to continue with his coursework. Despite this, Denis continued with his studies engaging with disability support professionals to create tailor made intervention plans supporting him to develop assistive technology and compensatory access skills
Maya Flynn Student
Maya Flynn is a 1st year Speech and Language Therapy student from Wicklow who is living on campus in UCC and enjoying her newfound independence. Maya has been visually impaired since childhood, however she developed cataracts and a further loss of vision in 2019 when she was in 6th year studying for her Leaving Cert. Maya had to modify how she learnt, make greater use of technology and develop a whole new set of skills, as well as managing the shift to online learning during COVID-19.
What Bookshare Can Do for You?
- Lina Kouzi, National Library Manager at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland
Lina Kouzi National Library Manager at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland
Lina is the National Library Manager at National Council for the Blind of Ireland. She is a qualified Librarian with over 20 years of experience working in specialist libraries. Lina is heading up the project to develop digital library services for higher education in Ireland. A graduate from The American University of Beirut, Strathclyde University and The University of Sheffield, Lina has experience in working with different collections and library audiences, and has a keen interest in developing accessible curriculum in mainstream education.
Connecting Online: Webinar series for Student Success
- Gerard Gallagher, Disability Advisor, Maynooth University
Gerard Gallagher Disability Advisor, Maynooth University
Gerard is a disability activist and rising leader in higher education. He has long championed the rights of people with disabilities. As a student himself, he lead the first society in the country for students with disabilities and was also elected as Equality Officer to USI. Having a primary degree in Social Science from UCD. He is also a graduate of UCD's Equality Studies MA programme. He joined Maynooth University in 2013 and supports students with multiple disabilities. He also supports the day to day management of the Disability Office.
Aoife Mulrooney Assistant Psychologist, National Learning Network & Maynooth University
Aoife is an Assistant Psychologist with the National Learning Network and Maynooth University. She joined the team in Maynooth University in 2019. She provides individualised support to harness student success and retention in university. She holds a BA in Psychology from Maynooth University and later graduated with an MA in Applied Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Aoife specialised in online mental health supports when completing her masters dissertation. She now leads the development of a suite of online group support sessions for students with mental health conditions and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Keeva Kavanagh Assistant Psychologist, National Learning Network & Maynooth University
Keeva is an Assistant Psychologist with the National Learning Network and Maynooth University. She joined the team in Maynooth University in 2020. She provides specialised support to students with ADD, DCD and Mental Health Conditions. She delivers the Student Central Webinars. She holds a degree in Social Science from UCD and an MA in Psychological Studies from the same institution.
From Reasonable Adjustment to Inclusive Practice? Exploring the Influence of Lecture Capture Technology on the Academic Outcomes and Learning Experiences of Disabled Students in Higher Education
- John Harding, Head of the Disability Resource Centre, University of Cambridge
John Harding Head of the Disability Resource Centre, University of Cambridge
John has been the Head of the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) at the University of Cambridge since 2008. The DRC is the University of Cambridge’s student service for disabled students and those staff supporting disabled students. John has worked as a practitioner and managed teams of specialists in the field of disability support in both further and higher education for the last fourteen years. During that time he has worked on the development of more inclusive and supportive policies in relation to disabled students. John is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education (focus on inclusive teaching and learning).
Returning to Work After Acquired Brain Injury: A Mixed Method Case Study
- Valerie Burke, Vocational Facilitator, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Valerie Burke Vocational Facilitator, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Valerie has a B.A. and M.Sc. in Psychology. She conducted this research with her colleagues Ms Emer Duffy and Ms Laura O'Rourke during her time working with the Step Ahead Vocational Rehabilitation service with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Ms Emer Duffy is a senior occupational therapist with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Ms Laura O'Rourke has a B.A. and M.Sc. in Psychology and has recently qualified as a behaviour specialist. We believe that everyone has the right to work.
Emer Duffy Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Emer has a passion for working in the disability sector and rehabilitative services. Emer has been with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland for 2 years. Prior to this she worked in Beaumont and held a private practice. Emer has a masters in OT and is interested in mental health and empowering those who use her services. Emer told me when I first began my vocational facilitator role in ABII "everyone has a right to work and live the life they please".