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

This workshop will focus on empowering the student to seek advocacy, and also to self-advocate for disability support. It will give you a self-awareness of what you can achieve through reaching out, and working with college/university faculty to get the supports' you need. We will also be looking at your rights as a student with disabilities.  At the end of this workshop, you will feel more confident in your ability to self-advocate & through this action, you will feel empowered and motivated to speak up for your rights. 

Clodagh Roche

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Making Your Activism Intersectional (2.30pm-3.00pm)

In this session, attendees will learn about intersectionality - what it means and why it's important. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to ensure their activism is intersectional. 

Blessing Dada

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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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