The Winds of Change: Agile Student Support  

"The read & write software can be a bit confusing at times but I have found (online) info sessions ran by the Access Office very helpful."

 - Student Quote – AHEAD Learning from Home 2021 Research Participant

The Covid-19 pandemic saw disability support staff implement a range of new and innovative work practices, in particular utilising the online space and augmenting their engagement with technology. According to AHEAD research (2021), 96% of college disability support staff believe that Covid-19 will significantly change disability support provision in the future.

The Safe Haven or Stormy Port conference asks how these changes and experiences are informing their work as students and staff return to campus, particularly at a time when so many students have not experienced college life before and with disability support staff working with larger numbers of students than ever before.

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Workshop Session (Live Only) 12:00-13:00

Workshop Session (Live Only) 12:00-13:00

Empowering Students with Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

  1. Nevan Bermingham, Lecturer, TU Dublin

Lightning Session 14:00-15:00 (Live and Recorded)

Lightning Session 14:00-15:00 (Live and Recorded)

Discover AT - giving students agency through self guided assistive technology exploration

  1. Trevor Boland, Dublin City University

How to use virtual reality in VET, for teachers & trainers, in particular with SEN students

  1. Ann Burns, Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) Siobhan Nolan, Cork Education and Training Board (CETB)

A review of The Prepare Entry Guide - a resource developed for students with autism new to higher education

  1. Dr Rebekah Brennan, University College Cork Julie O'Donovan, Munster Technology University Cork campus

Trinity Disability Service Neurodivergent Project

  1. Clare Malone, Occupational Therapist & Disability Officer, Trinity Disability Service

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15.30-16.30

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15.30-16.30

How student partnership enhances disability support

  1. Declan Treanor, Director Disability Service, Trinity College Dublin; Chair of DAWN Courtney McGrath, Trinity College Dublin


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