New AHEAD Strategy Launched
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
Universal Design for Learning at the heart of new plan covering 2015-18
As we look to and plan for the future, we do so against the backdrop of considerable change in higher education. More than ever before, there is now a greater emphasis on employment outcomes; a revolution in the application and use of technology; a greater understanding of learning, and a growing diversity in the student population. Part of this combination is an ever-increasing number of students with disabilities, all of whom have expectations of qualifications and careers, just like any other student.
Transitions of students with disabilities has been a key driver in past strategic objectives of AHEAD. That is, the movement of students with disabilities into higher education, and from higher education into the world of work. Our vision for the future is to shift the emphasis from ‘transitions’ to a focus on building an inclusive learning environment in higher education that embeds flexibility and equality into learning and assessment practices across all higher education courses. We believe that the way to improve the experiences of students with disabilities in higher education is to embrace the principles of Universal Design for Learning in the design, planning and delivery of all activities and services.
Therefore, a central anchor of this strategic plan is a commitment to the concept of Universal Design for Learning in education and employment. This strategic plan is devised following consultation with a range of stakeholders including staff, the Board of Directors and external agencies. The Board of AHEAD extends its appreciation and thanks to all who participated in the process.