GATHER takes place over 3 mornings fully online. Sessions will be recorded and made available after the event.


Full Programme

Click the dropdowns below to explore the content for each day including slides, or click on a day in the navigation bar above. Hover over speaker images to see speaker names, or click to see full bio.

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Day 1: May 22nd

Day 1: May 22nd

09:00 Opening Words

09:10 AT Usage Trends over Time

10:05 Practical Demonstrations & the AT Hive

  1. Erica Meslin, Education Manager, AHEAD James Wright, Aventido Ryan Peacock, Aventido

10:55 The transformative impact of AT on adult literacy learners

  1. Ailis Mardon-Egan, National Adult Literacy Agency Elaine Cohalan, National Adult Literacy Agency Pauline Hensey, National Adult Literacy Agency

12:05 Social Inclusion and AT

  1. Dr Aoife McNicholl, Dublin City University Dr James Casey, ILMI

12:55 Closing Thoughts

Day 2: May 23rd

Day 2: May 23rd

09:00 Opening Words

09:10 AI as AT? An interactive brainstorm on emerging tools

  1. Dara Ryder, CEO, AHEAD Dr Zeta Dooley, SETU Majella McCarthy, SETU Waterford Mary Walsh O'Shea, Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board Janet O'Neill, SETU

10:05 Practical Demonstrations: Glean and DigiAcademy

  1. William Nolan, University Limerick Dr Esther Murphy, Trinity College Dublin

10:55 Embedding AT into Everyday Practice - Apps and a Framework

  1. Trevor Boland, Dublin City University Laocín Brennan, AHEAD

12:05 Sustaining AT in the Future

  1. Rohan Slaughter, University of Dundee Sarah Boland, St. John of God's Patrick Fitzgerald, TUS Doris Delaney, Lisa McEvoy,

12:55 Closing Thoughts

Day 3: May 24th

Day 3: May 24th

09:00 Opening Words

09:10 Building Capacity - AT & UDL in FET

  1. Treasa McGinley, Donegal ETB Angela McElhinney, Donegal ETB

10:05 AT in the Classroom

  1. Dr Brendan Ryan, LCETB Cian O'Tiarnaigh, LCETB Angela Costelloe, SETU Deirdre Madden, UCC

10:55 AT Services

  1. Marie Cox, National Rehabilitation Hospital Sharon Leahy, National Rehabilitation Hospital Aoife Keaney, Rehab Group Anne Marie McDonnell, National Learning Network

12:05 Using your VLE to promote inclusion

  1. Emily Smith, UCD

12:55 Closing Thoughts


The core funding received by AHEAD for its further education activities on fostering inclusion is provided by SOLAS.

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