AHEAD and the Union of Students in Ireland are happy to present the Power of Disability 2024: a conference for students and by students taking place February 7th and 8th.  

This two-day online event will include discussions, presentations and feedback sessions encouraging students with disabilities to be leaders on their own campuses and will build practical skills on self-advocacy and constructive advocacy.  

Day 1 of the conference will focus on the student voice including sessions on sharing what it's like to be disabled, with an introduction to the students with disabilities advisory group, and session about postgraduate experience and assistive technology.

Day 2 of the event focuses on student empowerment and advocacy. Getting involved in student politics, constructive advocacy and two legal sessions on knowing your rights as a disabled person both on a personal level, as well as an EU level. 

Registration is free to attend, but registration is limited so you must book a spot in advance. 

Day 1 - Student Focus

Day 1 - Student Focus

11:15 AM- 11:45 AM: Welcome and Introduction with the Students with Disabilities Advisory Group

11:45 AM- 12:35 PM: Diversity of Learners/ Social Engagement 

  1. Dara Ryder, CEO, AHEAD Dr Richard Healy, Research and Policy Officer, AHEAD

12:35 PM Small Comfort Break

13:00 PM-14:30 PM: Developing of a disabled postgraduate advocacy community

  1. Dr Vivian Rath, National Disabled Postgraduate Advisory Committee Alexa MacDermot, Postgraduate student- UCD Sinead Lynch, PhD Student- DCU Sarah Anne Dudley, Postgraduate student- UCD Aoife Price, Researcher on the Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE project), European Disability Forum.

14:30 PM- 15:40 PM: Lunch Break

15:45 PM-16:30 PM: Assistive Technology

  1. Steven Bradley, Student

16:30 PM- 17:00 PM: What's next? WAM

  1. Banba Fitzgerald, AHEAD- GetAHEAD Officer Philip Carroll, AHEAD- WAM Project Officer

Day 2 - Education, Advocacy and Rights

Day 2 - Education, Advocacy and Rights

11:15 AM- 12:15 PM: Student Feedback Session

  1. Caoimhe Cronin, AHEAD- Student Engagement Officer

12:15 PM- 13:00 PM: Knowing your Rights

  1. Dr. Charles O'Mahony, Lecturer in Law at University of Galway

13:00 PM - 14:00 PM: Lunch Break

14:00 PM- 15:00 PM: Getting involved in Student Politics (USI)

  1. James Curry, USI Vice President of Equality and Citizenship

15:00 PM- 16:00 PM: Constructive Advocacy

  1. Mr. Adam Harris, Founder and CEO of AsIAm Irelands Autism Charity Mr. Ken Kilbride, CEO of ADHD Ireland

16:00 PM- 16:45 PM: Disability Law in the EU

  1. Prof. Delia Ferri, Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology


The core funding received by AHEAD for its higher education activities is provided by the Higher Education Authority.

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Leesa Flynn

Co-Secretary for Disability Power Ireland.

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Caoimhe Cronin

AHEAD- Student Engagement Officer

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