The WAM programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers.
When: Wednesday 11th August from 11.30-1.00pm
What: An online session about awareness and understanding of dyslexia run in partnership with Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
More about WAM: The WAM Programme is the transition to employment initiative of AHEAD. It offers graduates with disabilities the benefit of a minimum 6-month 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.
Students with dyslexia/SLD are the largest grouping accessing college disability support services in higher education in Ireland. A recent survey from AHEAD has found that while 83% of employers believe that hiring people with disabilities is of benefit to their organisation, only two-thirds reported being aware of at least one staff member with a disability. 44% thought of a physical disability when asked the first thing to mind when they hear the word disability. Clearly then there is scope for more inclusive practices within employment to be developed and greater awareness of disabilities beyond the physical.
The aim of this session is to raise awareness of dyslexia and to help attendees develop a deeper understanding, while providing practical tips to assist the creation of a dyslexia friendly workplace.
Caoimhe O’ Malley, B.A. (Hons), M.A., Single B.A., Higher Diploma in Education, is the Senior Adult Dyslexia Coordinator for The Dyslexia Association of Ireland. She is responsible for the development of dyslexia supports for adults including the development of in-person and online training to be delivered across the Adult Education (Further Education and Training (FETs) and Higher Education (HEIs)and Employment sectors.
Prior to joining DAI, Caoimhe has worked in the area of education, her main focus being the non-traditional student, ensuring equal access to education for all and that the correct supports are in place so that all students can reach their full potential, and enjoy their educational journey.