AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


AHEAD FET Summer School Resource Page

This is a brief range of key resources which relate to UDL and some of the key topics we will be covering over the course of the two week series. We are happy to also share resources that might be relevant to support educators in FET so please get in contact if you have something you would like to share (christine.hynes@ahead.ie).

More about AHEAD

AHEAD Membership

Check to see if your ETB is a member as if they are, you may be eligible to a 30-50% discount on some of The AHEAD Courses and tailored training sessions.

More information about AHEAD, the organisation.

Learn more about AHEAD, our vision and our story began with a group of students in a college looking for more supports

AHEAD’s Strategic Plan 2019-2022

AHEAD Strategic Plan 2019-2022

Sign up to The AHEAD Weekly Newsletter

We have a weekly newsletter which will provide you with updates on the latest apps for students with disabilities along with notice on upcoming AHEAD or relevant events that you can sign up for.

More information on Universal Design for Learning

AHEAD- The UDL Framework Explained Webpage

This webpage provide a range of free resources and videos to explain UDL.

The AHEAD Conceptual Framework of Universal Desing for Learning for the Irish Further Education and Training Sector

Conceptual Framework of Universal Design for Learnung for Irish FET SectorThis is the first publication and theoretical foundation which will help inform The UDL for FET Guidelines which are due to be published at some point next year.

AHEAD Publication Universal Design for Learning: A Best Practice Guideline

CASTCAST Website Who developed Universal Design for Learning with a range of free resources and free online events

Below is a video of Dr David Rose (one of the foundiers CAST and key neuropsychologists who helped develop The Framework for UDL which we recognise today) giving a presentation at a UDL Conference on perfect pitch and how it relates to the way we learn.

Innovative Education Speaker Shelley Moore’s Website on Inclusive Strategies

Shelley Moore's 5 Moore MinutesShelley Moore is a teacher and motivational speaker on UDL- her videos and funny metaphors provide a fresh way to look at UDL and inclusive education.

Think UDL Podcast

Think UDLThis is a Podcast, hosted by Lillian Nave who interviews some of the high profile names working on UDL internationlly including Dr Tom Tobin and our own Dara Ryder. Lillian explores with her guests how to design teaching which is UDL focussed and why this matters.

General resources for supporting diverse learners

AHEAD’s Digital Accessibility Webinar Series with tips on creating accessible Microsoft word and PowerPoint documents.

Check out Lorraine and Trevor's webinar series where they provide tips and step-by-step prcoesses on how to create accessible content online. Below is an example of one of their sessions, but if you go to the link in the title above it will bring you to th page where you can review the other videos and sign up for any upcoming sessions they will be running later in the year.

AHEAD Teaching and Learning: Making Learning Accessible for Students in Further Education and Training

This resources was developed specifically for educators in FET a few years ago with a range of tips on how to think and design more accessibilty.

Cover of AHEAD Teaching and Learning: Making Learning Accessible for Students in Further Education and Teaching

Ability Net Remarkable Ideas

Ability NetAbilityNet are a UK based organisation who promote inclusive education and have lots of free online events and resources.

JISC Further Education Resources-

They are another UK based company whose role is to support institutions of higher education and research

College STAR Consortium

This is an American organisation who provide a large range of resources for educators which you might find useful to share with your class or adapt to provide more options to represent key information throughout your modules.

AHEAD’s Guide to Disclosure

This is a really handy resources for educators and learners to review. By providing opportunities and supports for learners to disclose this can help everyone involved in the learning process.

AHEAD Templates on Reasonable Accommodations

These are a range of templates developed by AHEAD and The Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN) for any educators who are involved in supporting learners with disabilities. If you have any specific queries about supports for learners with disabilities please contact Lorraine, our Information and Training Officer at lorraine.gallagher@ahead.ie

The National Disability Authority Customer Communications Toolkit for the Public Service- A Universal Design Approach

NDA Customer Communications Toolkit for the public serviceThis publication provides detailed advice around all aspects of producing and delivering accessibile content which is relevant for educators from a Universal Design perspective.

A11yA11y -Open source website with free information and resources on web accessibility

More information on Dr Tom Tobin including to access a range of his books

Join Twitter


There are a lot of great resources being shared on UDL and key resources to help build your knowledge on tools to support inclusion in education happening in Ireland and across the world.

Why not join Twitter and look up some of the below hashtag's and 'Follow' some people sharing resources using these hashtags that are of interest to you;

#UDL #UDLforFET #ThisisFET #UDLChatIE, #PD, #TEL, #Disability #a11y, EdChatIE, #UDLChatIE

More information on professional learning networks

The Active Inclusion Network

For more information on how The Cork Active Inclusion Network was developed and the impact it had, check out the The Active Inclusion Report and the video from the educators involved.

The Active Inclusion Network in Cork ETB Report

Carrie Archer faciltates that a Professional Learning Network in City of Dublin ETB (CDETB) on behalf of Psychological Service in The ETB. Below is a short video of Carrie from The AHEAD Conference 2020 explaining about the work and impact of this network.


Where to access further CPD on Inclusive Learning


The Digital Badge on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Digital Badge in Universal Design for Teaching and LearningThis is a short introductory professional development course on universal design for learning and in partnership with UCD and The Teaching and Learning Forum, we are making these materials freely available to institutions interested in rolling it out locally by volunteer course facilitators. We provide the learning materials, the institution provides the staff time and admin to roll it out. The course can be rolled out in a completely online or blended mode of delivery and takes about 25 hours of learner effort in total. Every participant who completes the course will receive the Forum's digital badge for Universal Design in Teaching & Learning. More information is available on the AHEAD website.

National Rollout starting in September. Register on The Teaching and Learning Forum Webpage (registration open from mid-August).

Contact Trevor.Boland@AHEAD.ie for more information.


Further Education Support Services (with a calendar of CPD available all year round) will look at assessment through the UDL Lens.FESS

6th October Lorraine Gallagher and Ann Heelan, along with Carrie Archer (CDETB) and Ashley Stephens (KWETB) will be presenting on UDL.

More information including how to register for this session are available on The FESS Website.


The Power of Intention: The Cork Active Inclusion Conference 20th November 2020 (4 weeks long, online event)The Power of Intention: Cork Active Inclusion Online Conference

A series of online Friday afternoon sessions to share experiences and practical suggestions about how to help learners of all ages and ability to participate fully and enjoy their learning journey and realise their potential beginning Friday 20th November.

To register please contact Carol at corkactiveinclusion@corketb.ie

January 2021


AHEADSTART, is AHEAD's blended learning training course on supporting students with disabilities in further and higher education which includes a full day (optional) pre-term seminar, coupled with an 18-22 hour online course completed over a 6-8 week term. The online part can be completed anywhere you have access to a computer, internet connection and headphones and can be done at times that suit your work schedule (within the specified term time). The next course of AHEAD Start will begin in January 2021. Contact the course coordinator Lorraine if you have any queries at lorraine.gallagher@ahead.ie

For more information on the modules and course fees please visit the AHEAD Start webpage.

March 2021

AHEAD Conference

AHEAD's annual Conference takes place in March, it is one of the biggest UDL Conference's in Europe and is relevant to anyone working or studying in

Next year's conference is planned to take place predominantly online with further details to be released in the coming months.

For information on what is covered during the conference please review the content from this year's AHEAD Conference- Through the Looking Glass.

If you have any queries about submitting a paper on your work or would like more information on how to attend please contact Christine at christine.hynes@ahead.ie

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UDL for FET Project

This initiative is part of the UDL for FET project, a project of AHEAD co-commissioned by SOLAS and Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI).

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What is Universal Design for Learning?

Creating Inclusive Environments in Education and Employment for People with Disabilities

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