AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


Employer Training Events

The WAM Programme run four employer training events a year. To be added to the mailing list for the next employer events, please email wam@ahead.ie. 

Please visit our WAMinars page for full details of our free monthly webinars for employers. 

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WAM Event: Dashing Through Digital Accessibility: Creating and Inclusive Workplace 

Where & When: ESB Head Office, Dublin, 6th December 

Event focused on the past, present and future of assistive and accessible technology and explore ideas on universal design in the area of technology with a particular focus on sustainability. This event was kindly sponsored and hosted by ESB Ireland. 


WAM Event: Winter Wonderland… Let it Sparkle with Inclusion Gems 

Where & When: Central Bank, Dublin, 4th December

Event on how to create a workplace culture that genuinely values people with disabilities and promotes inclusion through their employee networks, in particular, their disability network  This event was kindly sponsored and hosted by The Central Bank of Ireland. 

Neurodiversity in the Workplace 

Where & When: Dell Technologies Cork, 17th October

Event on Neurodiversity in the Workplace and how to create an inclusive and positive workplace for neurodivergent employees.  This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Dell Technologies, Cork. 

WAM Leader Awards 2019

Where & When: House of Lords, Dublin - 16th May 

Awarding our WAM Leaders from the past year at the House of Lords, College Green. This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Bank of Ireland. 

Making the Mainstream Inclusive - Graduate Programmes

Where & When: Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin - 11th April 

The WAM Programme at AHEAD is running a free training event on how to make graduate programmes more inclusive to graduates with disabilities, hosted and sponsored by WAM employer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This event is strictly invite only. 




12 Days of Christmas

Where & When: National Gallery of Ireland, 6th December 2018

Minister Donohue launched a WAM publication ‘Building inclusive workplaces- celebrating 12 years of collaboration between The Irish Civil Service and AHEAD’ as part of The WAM Christmas Event in The National Gallery of Ireland. 

Click here to read the publication. 


WAM Leader Awards 2018

Where & When: Citi, Dublin 1 - 25th May 2018

Awards were given to companies and organisations who have supported AHEAD and The WAM Programme in the employment of graduates with disabilities.

Check out the photos on Flickr


Mental Health On The Move 

Where & When: Aviva Stadium, Dublin - 7th December 2017 

Students are facing uncertainty in a way they never have and the changes will continue apace. As a system we have to adopt a culture of openness and positivity and it is time to hear from some of the experts what we might need to consider 

WAM Leader Awards 2017

Where & When: Citi, Dublin 1 - 26th May 2017 

Awards were given to companies and organisations who have supported AHEAD and The WAM Programme in the employment of graduates with disabilities.


The War For Talent is Back On! 

Where & When: National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2 - 1st December 2016. 

This is an event that brought together thinkers and experts on students today, employability and the diversity involved in graduate recruitment -  to share what they see happening on the ground. 

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

Where & When: Dell Limerick, Raheen Business Park, Limerick, 27th October 2016

The objective of the event is to share the WAM experience, the Dell and University of Limerick experience with employers that are interested in becoming engaged in recruiting a student/graduate with a disability. 

Can I Bring My Robot to Work?

Where & When: Dell Dublin, Cherrywood. 2nd March 2016

The benefits of assistive technologies are well known – both for people with disabilities and also the fact that they can be low cost, available 24/7 and make a real difference in ‘levelling the playing field’.  Using the format of a debate we will examine the concerns that can arise as to how these new technologies fit into the learning or working environment.


WAM Christmas Mentoring Event 

Where & When: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, 2nd December 2015. 

This event shared the story of WAM and their mentors. It is a story of success; it’s about students with disabilities realizing their potential and who, because of unique relationships, have succeeded in employment over the last ten years.

Enigneering Your Best Self

Where & When: Science Gallery, Dublin 2 - 21st October 2015

As increasing numbers of students with disabilities participate in science and engineering academic programs, the accessibility of STEM careers increases in importance. Everyone who chooses to engage on a science, technology or engineering program should feel welcome and be able to participate comfortably and efficiently and then transition to work

Áras an Uachtaráin - Reception with President Higgins

On 26th May AHEAD Staff & Board, inclusive employers we've worked with over the years and graduates with disabilities from our network descended on Áras an Uachtaráin at the invitation of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

WAM Leader Awards 2015

Where: Citi, Dublin - 22nd May 2015

Awards were given to companies and organisations who have supported AHEAD and The WAM Programme in the employment of graduates with disabilities.

Assistive Technology in the Learning Environment & the Workplace

Where: Dell Cherrywood, Dublin - 10th February 2015

Seminar Topic: A debate examining the myths and assumptions that assisitve technology is effective in all environments. Guest Speakers include; James Northridge (UrAbility), Ger Craddock (National Disability Authority), Siobhan Long (Enable Ireland)  and Trevor Boland (DIT).


Mentoring & Disability

Where: Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin - 1st December 2014

Seminar Topic: Mentoring has been core to the WAM Programme since it began in 2005 and as WAM approach their 10th anniversary, they wish to share the learning using previous real life experiences.  The WAM Programme will also be launching their brand new online mentoring training program.

Who Wants to be an Engineer?

Where: Abbott Vascular, Clonmel - 9th October 2014

Seminar Topic: Training event using the format of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ with guest contestants from Abbott Vascular, Dell Ireland, Engineers Ireland, Headstrong and a graduate and of course you, the audience! It will be focused on raising the awareness of engineering and why it can be a great career for everyone, including students with disabilities.

Have YOU the Right Attitude? Recruitment and Disability

Where: Dell, Mahon, Cork - 27th February 2014

Seminar Topic: Interactive discussion exploring some commonly held attitudes towards students and graduates with disabilities entering the workplace. Topics include commonly held beliefs towards dyslexic, deaf and mental health candidates, reasonable accommodations and disclosure.

 Older Events

Everyone is talking about Mental Health but employers are still in denial!

Where: ESB Head Office, Dublin - 12th December 2013

Seminar Topic: Debate on mental health in the workplace, with two panels of key note speakers arguing different sides of the statement "are employers still in denial"

Disability… Testing…Recruitment…

Where: Blackhall Place at the Law Society, Dublin - 19th September 2013

Seminar Topic: Strategies and Resources for the Recruitment and testing of graduates with a disability.

WAM Leaders Awards

Where: 17th May 2013

Seminar Topic: An awards ceremony hosted by AHEAD/WAM to celebrate the contribution of WAM Leaders

Stand up for what you believe!

Where: Dell, Limerick - 1st May, 2013

Seminar Topic: This training event focused on the area of recruitment and disability, in particular newly qualified graduates with a disability and what is expected from them as they make the transition from higher education into employment.

WAM Employee Network Show and Tell: How to create a workplace culture that genuinely values people:

Where: 2012 Radisson, Dublin - 12th December 2012

Seminar Topic: This event brought WAM employers together to share their knowledge and showcase the solutions which have made their workplace disability friendly.

I need to know - why don't you tell me?

Where: Mansion House, Dublin - 20th June 2012

Seminar Topic: A Debate on Disclosing Disability in the Workplace. This seminar provided participants with an overview of the different perspectives, experiences and challenges surrounding disclosure of disability in the workplace.

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