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Better Options 2020

Date: 28th November 2020

Time: 10.00am-5.05pm

Where? : Online via Zoom.

Fee: Free

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Register for Better Options

Better Options is a college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties will take place online from 10.00am-5.05pm.

This event is ideal for adults returning to education or for students with disabilities considering their post leaving cert educational options, parents and guidance counsellors. Attendees are able to learn about college support services, making the most of your time in college and access routes open to those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties, including how to make an application to DARE- Disability Access Route to Education. There will be information on both Further Education and Training, as well as Higher Education. There will be live Q&As where you can ask questions on DARE, accessing supports in college and any other questions you might have.

There will also be a free one to one Information Service for anyone registered for the event available from 11am-4pm on the day of Better Options (Saturday 28th November).

Please note that there will be live captioning provided for the webinar (talks) however there will be no live captions provided for the Information Service, anyone that have any access requirements (for example ISL Interpreter) to take part in the one to one sessions must book in advance (at least 3 days before the event) in order to be fully accommodated.

Any queries please feel free to contact Christine at Christine.hynes@ahead.ie or call us on 01 716 4397.

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Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

AHEAD's Child Safeguarding Statment for Better Options.

Schedule for the day

10.30-11.20am : Welcome & experiences from those on the inside: Chat with students in college at the moment

Official Opening of the event by Dara Ryder, CEO, AHEAD

Student Panel, Chair by Courtney McGrath (AHEAD Board Member and Co-Founder of Trinity Ability Co_op)

Student Panellists;

Harry O'Brien (Trinity College Dublin)

Victoria Matthews (Institute of Technology Sligo)

Claire Hendrick (Marino College of Further Education)

Paul Geoghegan (Technological University Dublin)

11.30-12.20pm: What can we do for you

Talk Title

What can we do for you- Disability Support in Higher and Further Education


Clare Malone, Trinity College Dublin

12.30-1.15pm: Making the Most of College

Talk Title

Making the Most of College- Looking at college life and some key tips to get the most from your experience


Marie Lyons, Equality Officer, USI

Hannah Kelly, GetAHEAD Coordinator, AHEAD

2.15-3.20pm: DARE you unlock new pathways to college?

Talk Title

DARE you unlock new pathways to college? Access options to college in Ireland


Anne O'Connor, Dublin City University

3.30-4.20: Technology is your friend

Talk Title

Technology is your friend – Assistive Technology can be a long-term friend.


Trevor Boland, ELearning and Digital Officer

4.30-5.05pm: Not sure what or where to go with your studies?

Talk Title

Not sure what or where to go with your studies? Guidance on where to go and who to speak to.


Ann Fallon, Louth Meath Education and Training Board

5.05-5.10pm: Finish

Wrap up by Dara Ryder, CEO, AHEAD

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