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Learning to Self-Advocate (2pm-2.30pm)

In this presentation, Laocín will explore what advocacy has meant for him. His aim is to encourage you to self-advocate, in your academic life, primarily, but also in other areas of living. He hopes to give you an awareness of what you can achieve through working with faculty/services, your loved ones and most crucially, yourself. At the end of this workshop, you will feel more confident in your ability to self-advocate.

Laocín Brennan


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Getting involved in Student Unions and Clubs and Societies (2.30pm-3.00pm)

In this session, attendees will hear what it's like to get involved in student politics, and clubs and societies. It will show you what you can gain from getting involved and an idea of how the process works when running for Student Union Elections. 

Introduction to USI/AHEAD Students with Disabilities Advisory Group (3.00pm-3.20pm)

Last year, AHEAD and USI formed a co-chaired student advisory group to help ensure the student voice was at the core of what we do. We are delighted now be introducing our second cohort of the Student with Disabilities Advisory Group. The group made up of students from both undergraduate and postgraduate courses from across the country meet with members of the USI and AHEAD teams to discuss issues facing them.  At this session, you'll hear about their work and plans for the rest of the year. 

Break (3.20pm-3.30pm)

Post-Covid Learning: Student Panel Discussion (3.30pm-4.10pm)

The learning envionrment has changed so much over the last two years. This student panel disucssion, chaired by Dr Vivian Rath, will delve into the student voice on the post-covid learning enviornment. Discussion will be around what students feel about hybrid, blended and virtual learning, reasonable accommodation and social life in college. Attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the conversation and submit questions during the session. 

Dr Vivian Rath

Trinity College Dublin

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Break (4.10pm-4.15pm)

Your Voice: Attendee Feedback Session (4.15pm-4.55pm)

AHEAD and USI are eager to hear your thoughts, and gather your perspective of all things accessibility in college. During this session you will be broken into break out rooms where a member of the AHEAD/USI Students with Disabilities advisory group will facilitate a discussion about your thoughts on our work, issues on the ground with accessibility you'd like us to work on and generally your experience in college as a student with a disability. This feedback session will develop how USI and AHEAD support and represent students with disabilities nationally. 

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