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


The WAM programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers. 

When: Wednesday, February 9th 2022 from 11.30am - 1.00pm

What: Disclosure and the disconnect between the employer-employee with regards to disability. 

More About WAM: The WAM programme is the transition to employment initiative of AHEAD. It offers graduates with disabilities the benefit of a 6-month minimum fully paid and mentored work internships with high profile employers. WAM was established in 2005 and, to date, have placed over 500 graduates with both private and public sector employers. 

Event information

In the context of disability, what does ‘disclosure’ mean? Disclosure is the process of an employee informing their employer about their disability. This may include, a specific learning difficulty, a mental health difficulty, and/or a significant ongoing illness. It is a complex and challenging aspect of having a disability being influenced by multiple factors like self-identity, personality, type of disability, context, previous experiences and so on.

‘Disclosure Disconnect’ presents a major concern during both the recruitment process and in the working environment for both employers and employees with disabilities; there is a noticeable disparity between the two parties on this subject, with the former preferring to have as much information as possible, while the latter may be wary of the impact of providing such information.  

The session will follow the following format –

An overview of what is disclosure and discuss FAQ about disclosure in the workplace which will be hosted by our Information & Training Officer Lorraine Gallagher.

Our Employment Manager Caroline McGrotty will host a session on the findings around disclosure from the 2021 Employer Attitude Survey.

It will conclude with a panel discussion from current WAM graduates sharing their experiences of disclosure specifically looking at it from a remote working perspective.

Please note this webinar will not be recorded. 

About our Speakers :

Lorraine Gallagher - Information and Training Officer, AHEAD

Lorraine Gallagher has a Masters in Fine Art. She has worked in the area of disability equality for many years and is currently the Information & Training Officer for AHEAD. Prior to working for AHEAD Lorraine worked as research assistant and co-facilitator to Peter Kearns at The Workhouse. She also worked as the disability equality trainer on Music Map, a music management course run by the City Arts Centre.

Caroline McGrotty - Employment Manager, AHEAD

Caroline oversees AHEAD’s projects relating to the transition to employment for students and graduates with disabilities, namely GetAHEAD and The WAM Programme which is a work placement programme. Caroline holds qualifications in Deaf Studies, Irish Sign Language Teaching and Equality Studies and currently undertaking a Masters by Research in Deaf Education with DCU.  Caroline has over 14 years’ experience of working and volunteering within the disability sector and various organisations within the Deaf community. 

Click here to register for this WAMinar 

We are aware that many organisations have Zoom blocked, if this is the case, please forward your registration to a personal email and then log in with a personal device. 


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