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

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About Us

AHEAD is an independent non-profit organisation working to create inclusive environments in education and employment for people with disabilities. The main focus of our work is further education and training, higher education and graduate employment.

AHEAD provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education. We undertake national research relating to the inclusion of students with disabilities, contribute to national policy forums and provide professional development opportunities to develop the capacity of staff in FET and higher education to be more inclusive.

AHEAD works with graduates and employers through the GET AHEAD Graduate Forum and the WAM Mentored Work Placement Programme.

AHEAD coordinates LINK, an action learning network of European organisations promoting the inclusion of students & graduates with disabilities in Higher Education.

Our Values

As outlined in our strategic plan, we value:

  • A rights based approach to the inclusion of students, learners and graduates with disabilities in education and employment.
  • The relationship of trust with our stakeholders and partners.
  • Engagement and collaboration with key external partners.
  • The incorporation of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into all learning environments.

Registered Charity Number: 20025182