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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …

A Debate on Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Date: 8th March 2017
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Location: Dell Ireland, Cherrywood Science and Technology Park, Dublin 18.

The Get AHEAD Programme at AHEAD are running a free training event hosted by WAM Employers Dell and ESB as part of Engineers Week.

Darth Vader, had a strong ‘engineering force’ both as a young Anakin Skywalker and later as Darth Vader.  He had an aptitude for mechanical, electrical, mechatronic, civil and environmental engineering.  He was perhaps one of the most gifted engineers in the galaxy.

And yes, he had a disability. 

This debate will seek to address the following statements in a fun but informative way:

  • What will engineers of the future need to be? What will engineers of the future need to consider?
  • Engineering with a disability – what students with a disability can bring to engineering.
  • Engineers and what they need to consider when developing assistive technologies?

What is key to this debate is ‘what do you believe a gifted engineer looks like’.  It is time we challenge our assumptions. So one day soon engineering will really be open to anyone.

The target audience for this event is HEI staff, interested employers, students and graduates with disabilities and other interested parties.

Registration is ESSENTIAL and will close at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd of March. 

Click here to register


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