Welcome and Introduction (2pm-2.20pm)

To kick things off Hannah (AHEAD) and Bukky (USI) will welcome you to our second virtual Power of Disability conference! You'll get a breakdown of the next two days of sessions and an introduction to the work of AHEAD and USI. 

Hannah Kelly

Student and Graduate Engagement Officer, AHEAD

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Bukky Adebowale

Union of Students Ireland

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The WAM Programme (2.20pm-2.40pm)

Are you a student or graduate with a disability and want to work? Have you heard about The WAM Programme and still not sure what it means? This workshop will explain how it works, what opportunities we have with our employers, what training and accommodations you can get in the workplace. 

Niamh Grennan

WAM

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Being a Postgraduate with a Disability (2.40pm-3.10pm)

This session will cover the personal lived experience of study from an undergraduate degree, Masters, and the commencement of doctorate degree. Catherine will cover the information-seeking exercise to be able to advance throughout their degrees. They will also highlight the gaps in the system that posed a barrier to them, including the restrictions of accepting a PhD scholarship.

Personal advocacy and peer support have been at the centre of their ability to participate. During the session, Catherine will outline what has aided their progression, the areas of improvement still needed for all students and learners, their experience so far of almost a year into their PhD, and the story behind the legislation allowing disabled students to accept PhD scholarships - ‘Catherine’s Law’.

Catherine Gallagher

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Disclosing a Disability and Accessing Support (3.10pm-3.40pm)

This workshop will help you get thinking about disclosing your disability at work. By using self-reflective questions and some advice from us, we’ll give you the tools to have a confident, positive conversation with your employer about accommodations and supports. You should leave this workshop with a better understanding of the legislation in place around disability in the workplace as well as a plan of what, why, how, when and who you will disclose to. 

Hannah Kelly

Student and Graduate Engagement Officer, AHEAD

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Break (3.40pm-3.55pm)

Interactive Universal Design for Learning (3.55pm-4.25pm)

During this session, Lorraine will aim to equip you with the knowledge required to create an inclusive environment in for people with disabilities and provide a greater understanding of Universal Design for Learning. Lorraine  will discuss how to support students with disabilities on campus and engage in a conversation about what you can do to ensure students with disabilities have an inclusive and supportive learning environment.  Trevor will also take us through AHEAD's AT Hive and share how that can be used to help explore your AT options. 

Lorraine Gallagher

Information and Training Officer, AHEAD

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Trevor Boland

eLearning and Digital Officer, AHEAD

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Knowing Your Rights (4.25pm-5pm)

In this session, Dr Shivaun Quinlivan will go through equality law relevant to students with disabilities. Attendees should leave this session with a better understanding of the legislation in place.

Dr Shivaun Quinlivan

NUI Galway

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