GATHER Programme May 31st-June 2nd
Assistive Technology is all around us and has an intrinsic place to help us achieve and belong in education. Lets get together and gather out thoughts around this so we can be more AT aware.
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- Dragon Voice Control: Uses for Everyone
William Nolan, University Limerick
William Nolan University Limerick
William is a Learning Technologist specialising in Assistive Technology at the University of Limerick. Visually Impaired since birth, William has been an assistive technology user throughout his life, and is always keen to explore new solutions.
- Matching Student & Technology (MST) Assessment Process
Andrew Costello, Trinity College Dublin
Andrew Costello Trinity College Dublin
Andrew has been working with the service since January 2008 gaining experience in a wide area of Assistive Technology devices and software. Andrew is also currently the service lead on the Trinity inclusive curriculum project and is the It administrator on a number of Disability service information systems (Web, Sharepoint, Student Database). Andrew moved internally from Information System Services where he served 2 years working on the universities IT helpdesk and technology projects. Andrew has also worked in the private IT sector for 4 years gaining experience in a range of IT issues from desktop to server support.
Andrew has completed his BA in Management and Information Systems from Liverpool John Moores University. Recently Andrew has completed study from the British occupational hygiene society in Ergonomics essentials and his advanced Diploma in Web design. Andrew has also completed a MSc in Computing (Universal Design and Assistive Technology) at Dublin Institute of Technology and has completed research into the barriers to a successful transition of Assistive technology supports from an educational to a working environment.
- Finding the Right Fit - Individualised Assisitive Technology
Sue Meehan, University College Dublin
Sue Meehan University College Dublin
Sue Meehan is the Assistive Technology Specialist in UCD. Since joining the Access and Lifelong Learning Department, Sue has focused on expanding the range of ATs offered, while still providing a personalised service for each student. As a learning technologist, Sue is passionate about accessibility and how UDL can be applied as a way to increase learners’ confidence, motivation and creativity.
Sue is also a life coach, working towards PAAC accreditation, with a view to helping clients with ADHD and other challenges that affect executive functioning.
- The UDL Educational Journey to FET and Beyond
Jeremy Wren, Kerry Education & Training Board
Jeremy Wren Kerry Education & Training Board
Jeremy Wrenn is the Technology Enhanced Learning Officer at Kerry ETB and had worked int this role for the past 6 years. Jeremy has worked in education for more than 20 years in a variety of roles including as a teacher, guidance counsellor, Further Education and Training organiser.
Jeremy works on Digital Strategy, Digital Integration, and Digital Teaching, Learning and Assessment with Community National Schools, Post-Primary Schools and FET programmes.
Jean Reale Mary Immaculate College Limerick
Jean Reale is an Academic Developer at Mary Immaculate College Limerick. Jean has over 25 years’ experience working in technology enhanced teaching and learning, in both the public and private sector with a specific focus on creating inclusive learning environments. Jean is a PhD candidate in the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin; her area of research is the design, development, and implementation of Universal Design for Learning across all sectors of the Irish education system. Jean provides a wide range of professional development supports to teachers across Ireland to develop UDL environments for ALL learners.
Jean is currently leading a research project to design and develop a UDL roadmap for Irish schools and FET centres to support a lifelong learning approach to implementing UDL.
- The AT Promise Day 1
Jess Dunne, AHEAD
Jess Dunne AHEAD
Jess (she/her) is the Communications & Events Officer in AHEAD. Her role involves overseeing and delivering the communications function of AHEAD across all teams and managing online, hybrid and in-person events that are fully accessible.
Jess has extensive experience in event management, having managed events from 300 – 6,000 people in a number of European cities before joining Croke Park’s events team where she had a portfolio of clients both domestic and international. In her time at the stadium, Jess was responsible for multiple events week-on-week from concept to completion.
- Building the Capacity of our National AT Ecosystem through the Development of an AT Passport
- Barriers & Solutions for AT Adoption for Students in Post-Primary FE & HE - A Discussion
- Getting Started with AT - Office Suite & Building AT Capacity
Anna Merrick, Pearse College of Further Education
Anna Merrick Pearse College of Further Education
Anna has worked in Pearse College of Further Education for the past seven years in the role of Adult Educator having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education in DCU, she has been working in Student Support for both PLC students with additional needs and students engaged with the Back to Education Initiative. She is alco course coordinator for the QQI Level 6 award in Understanding Special needs in Education and Training.Prior to that Anna has held various Project Management and Human Resources roles in several multinational technology firms in Dublin. Over the past three years Anna has been working on the Pan European Erasmus TELMS (Technology Enhanced Learning Mentoring Support) project, where she supports staff teaching with technology and is currently working on the Assistive technology project for CDETB. Her interests include social and educational disadvantage, inclusion, UDL and the use of technology in education.
- Exploring Web Accessibility Challenges with Third Level Students with Cognitive Disabilities
Dr Sara Gartland, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Galway
Dr Sara Gartland Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Galway
Sara Gartland, Ph.D., is a former secondary mathematics teacher who earned her Ph.D. in Education in the US prior to starting at NUIG as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Her expertise in equity an justice in education brings a unique perspective to the web accessibility conversation.
Paul Flynn, Ph.D., is a researcher in education and a lecturer in teacher education. He has carried out research on digital pedagogical engagement in STEM, facilitating epistemic agency for social change, and the development of technology enhanced learning methodologies.
- The AT Promise Day 2
- Welcome & Is AT Everyone's Business? Free Technology to Make Learning Easier course/resource
Deirdre Madden, UCC
Deirdre Madden UCC
Deirdre Madden is a B.Sc. graduate of UCC and has worked in the disability and education field for over 15 years. She was the computer trainer with Enable Ireland Cork Adult services for 15 years. She has tutored on the ICT module of UCC’s Certificate in Contemporary Living course aimed at adults with intellectual disabilities. She joined the Disability Support Service in UCC in March 2012 to take up the new role of Assistive Technology Outreach Co-ordinator. Her role is to enhance access and transition to higher level education for students with disabilities through promoting awareness and use of assistive technology in second level education. More recently, Deirdre has worked on the SOAR PATH Enabling Transitions Programme, a cross institutional programme with MTU Tralee and Cork, SETU Carlow and Waterford and UCC on building assistive technology competency and adoption amongst education providers, students and parents. She has created this free Technology to Make Learning Easier course/resource on free/built in tech to make reading, writing, planning and studying easier as part of the SOAR PATH Enabling transitions resources.
- Is there still such a thing as AT? Rethinking the Conceptualization of Assistive Technology within Accessibility services in Higher Education
Dr Frederic Fovet, Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Dr Frederic Fovet Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Frederic's research and practice both focus on Inclusion and UDL. Frederic has been offering Masters level courses in Education for six years now. He focuses on both offering UDL expertise in his courses and modelling UDL in his own course design.
- An Apple a Day - An Overview of Apple Features / Apps
- Fireside Chat of Lived Experiences from a Blind Student & AT
Paul Geoghegan, Undergraduate Student, Technological University Dublin
Paul Geoghegan Undergraduate Student, Technological University Dublin
Paul is a former TU Dublin Access Foundation Student who is currently an undergraduate student of Computer Science in the TU Dublin. Paul is currently a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Group Leader who delivers face to face and virtual sessions weekly with Access Students in computer programming.
- Thinking about AT
Trevor Boland, Dublin City University
Trevor Boland Dublin City University
Trevor Boland is an experienced Assistive Technology Officer working in Higher Education supporting Students with disabilities. He previously lectured in the Access programme for non-traditional students in TU Dublin.
Trevor was previously the Digital and eLearning Officer in AHEAD and has been involved in the National rollout of the UDL Badge with UCD and the Teaching and Learning Forum.