Welcome and Introduction (11.30am-11.40am)

To kick things off Hannah (AHEAD) and Maeve (USI) will welcome you to our virtual Power of Disability conference! You'll get a breakdown of the next two days of sessions and an introduction to the work of AHEAD and USI. 

Hannah Kelly

Programme Manager at NStEP

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Language and Disability (11.40pm-12.30pm)

There are lots of different opinions when it comes to language and disability. In this session, attendees will explore the models of disability and how they have led to the language we use when speaking about disability.  Leaving this session attendees should have a better understanding of person first and identity first language. 


Recording of Language of Disability Panel

Catherine Gallagher

Dublin City University

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Amy Hassett


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Laocín Brennan


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UDL In Tertiary Education (12.30pm-1.10pm)

During this session, Lorraine will aim to equip you with the knowledge required to create an inclusive environment in for people with disabilities and provide a greater understanding of Universal Design for Learning. Lorraine  will discuss how to support students with disabilities on campus and engage in a conversation about what you can do to ensure students with disabilities have an inclusive and supportive learning environment. 

Recording of UDL in Tertiary Education Session

Break (1.10pm-1.30pm)

Knowing Your Rights (1.30pm - 2.30pm)

In this session, attendes will learn about equality law relevant to students with disabilities. Attendees should leave this session with a better understanding of the legislation in place with a particular focus on reasonable accommodation.


Recording of Knowing Your Rights Session

Dr Shivaun Quinlivan

NUI Galway

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Assistive Technology Demo (2.30pm-3pm)

“Assistive Technology (AT) enables people to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives and to participate in education, the labour market and civic life”. - WHO 

AT can be a useful tool for all different types of people, in all different settings in life. Attendees at the demonstration will get to see some of the latest AT tools available. 


Recording of Assistive Technology Sessions

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