Navigating Beyond the Horizon: International Mobility, Work Based Learning and Social Engagement

"Careers advice needs to be inclusive as well as further opportunities for relevant placements suitable for those with disabilities."

 - Student Quote – AHEAD Learning from Home 2021 Research Participant

A positive and successful tertiary education experience is not solely the result of in classroom education design. For learners to feel a sense of belonging and feel connected to the full educational experience, all learners must have equal access to learning opportunities beyond the classroom. This includes, for example, access to work-based learning and work placements, participation in study abroad programmes and clear avenues for social engagement to foster a sense of belonging among students, an important element in student success and retention.

Students with disabilities for example, continue to face barriers in all of these areas. This hinders their ability to benefit from the variety of educational opportunities that exist within tertiary education. 

This conference theme explores the importance of the availability of opportunities beyond the classroom for all learners, identifying and highlighting work being done to enhance inclusive practices in this area.  

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

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

Creating Inclusive Conditions to Learn, Work, or Volunteer Abroad (Live Only)

  1. Lorraine Gallagher, Information and Training Officer, AHEAD Hannah Kelly, Programme Manager at NStEP

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

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

Trinity Employability: Disability Inclusion Pathway

  1. Eithne Coleman, Trinity College Dublin

Game On; Designing inclusive curriculum using gaming and esports to promote health and wellbeing and develop pathways to work

  1. Sinead Hosey, Epic Global – esports and gaming agency Anne Marie McDonnell, National Learning Network

Ready, Steady, Work Career Programme for Disabled Students

  1. Laura Coleman, MTU Olga Mitchell, Careers Service MTU Cork

Dream To Drive – A Technology Enhanced Learning Experience in Driver Safety

  1. Damien Allard, National Learning Network (Mullingar Centre) Ronan Fox, National Learning Network (Mullingar Centre)

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15.30-16.15

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15.30-16.15

Disabled Student Voices on Professional Placement

  1. Barbara Waters, Journal Editor, AHEAD Dr Vivian Rath, National Disabled Postgraduate Advisory Committee


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