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Ann Heelan honoured with the Myriam Van Acker Award

Ann Heelan, Executive Director of AHEAD was awarded the Myriam Van Acker Award at the Eighth International Conference on Higher Education and Disability in Innsbruck, Austria, 2013. This award is only given out every three years to a professional who through leadership and innovation has made a big impact in the world of disability and higher education and has never been received by an Irish person before.

Report highlights the ‘brain drain’

A recent study in Ireland has revealed that the country is experiencing a “brain drain” with large numbers of educated young people emigrating to find work abroad. The report by the University of Cork College Émigré project found that emigrants leaving Ireland had an overall higher level of education than the overall Irish population. The research found that 62% of emigrants aged 25 – 34 have a university qualification – compared to 49% of Irish people in that age range overall.

Autonomy & Inclusion

Mental Well Being – Are you ready to start your conversation?

Best of luck to Gerard Gallagher

Gerard Gallagher came to AHEAD on an internship where he worked in a variety of areas but with a mandate to harness the voice of students with disabilities. As a recent graduate of the Boston College, Irish Institute, Disabilities and Access study programme, Gerard has recently left AHEAD to take up the role of disability advisor with NUI, Maynooth responsible for the provision of supports for students with physical disabilities, neurological conditions and significant ongoing illnesses. We wish him every success. He is also involved in ‘UrAbility’ a company that provides AT support to students with specific learning difficulties www.urability.com.

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