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UDL: It's Time to Talk About the 'Why'?

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Where: Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

When: March 13th & 14th 2017


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This year’s annual international AHEAD conference took place in Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin on March 13th & 14th 2017. This Universal Design for Learning (UDL) conference, explored why UDL is for you.  If you, as an educator or support staff member, are working with a very diverse student population, then how do you understand their requirements and respond to them in your practice?  You have to anticipate the unique learning needs of millennial students, who are tech savvy and have expectations of successful careers in a changing world.  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework of flexible design in education that supports you in maintaining robust standards while connecting with a diverse range of students, including those with disabilities, in a flexible and innovative way that keeps you ahead of the game. 

This international universal design for learning (UDL) event run by AHEAD in co-operation with the LINK network discussed the ‘why’ of UDL in further and higher education and feature 2 days of presentations and interactions in other innovative formats. 



Keynote Speaker - Katie Novak

Katie Novak - smilingKatie Novak, Ed.D., is an  internationally recognised expert on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with more than 14 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator. She is a member of CAST’s Professional Cadre and has written several books on the topic of UDL.

For more information on Katie Novak, visit her website where you can find her publications and a wealth of UDL resources.


AHEAD Member Rate: €240

Standard Rate: €295


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Below are 3 hotel recommendations. The Croke Park Hotel is directly opposite the Conference Venue while the other is in the heart of the city centre. We have provided 3 options because while the Croke Park Hotel is very convenient for the conference, there isn't many other amenities in the area (restaurants, bars etc.) and some may prefer to stay in the city centre which is a 20-30 minute walk away.

The Croke Park Hotel - 4 Star

Get the conference rate of €139 per night including breakfast, WIFI and parking by emailing crokepark@doylecollection.com and quoting the booking reference BOOK120317. Hotel directly opposite the conference venue but on the outskirts of the city centre - very few bars/restaurants in the locality outside of the hotel. 30 minute walk to the city centre.

Hilton Garden Inn - Custom House Quay

Situated in the business sector of the city (the IFSC), this mid range hotel is on the river liffey and just a short stroll to a host of restaurants and bars. Approx. 25 minute walk from the conference venue. Rooms from €120 B&B per night.

The Morrison Hotel

This luxury modern hotel is situated in the heart of the city and also on the river. Approx. 30 minute walk from the conference venue. Rooms from €225 B&B.

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