Thursday 22nd April
Each Thursday a keynote speaker will address the theme of the week. This is followed by a chance to network and chat in our weekly Reconnection Space.
Are We There Yet?… The Long Journey to Accessible Learning Experiences
- DÃ³nal Rice, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority
Dónal Rice Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority
Dónal Rice works with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority (NDA). In March 2021 he changed role to head up NDA’s function as the National Monitoring Body under the EU Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. Previously, Dónal worked as a senior universal design advisor with the CEUD and as the first Public Sector Duty Manager with the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission. Dónal has worked on national and international guidelines, standards, policy, education and technical projects with the NDA, the European Commission, and UN agencies such as UNESCO and the ITU. Dónal has been an evaluator of FP6, FP7 and more recently Horizon 2020 projects. Dónal is an associate lecturer on human rights and equality with the Institute of Public Administration and is undertaking an LLM by research with NUI Galway.
Alistair McNaught Alistair McNaught Consultancy Ltd
Alistair taught in further education for 20 years. His passion for giving students options, responsibility and independence led to the early adoption of e-learning across a large 6th form department. He moved into a national role with Becta in 2000 and in 2004 was appointed as a Senior Advisor for the Jisc TechDis service, advising the post-16 sector in using technology to support disabled students. Since 2000, he has supported every flavour of post-16 education from work-based learning to universities, offender learning to FE and adult community learning. He left Jisc in 2019 to work as an independent consultant.