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Belonging in School: The What, Why and How of Inclusive Education

The conference is brought to you by The School of Education, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Leap and will bring together people with disabilities, families, academics, policy makers and others to explore a shared vision to shape a culture of inclusive education in Ireland.

Where: The Trinity Long Room Hub | Trinity College Dublin
When: Wednesday 23rd October 2019 Time: 9.30 -3.30pm

• Rachel Cassen, Director, Leap – The importance of building strong leadership persons with disabilities and families advocating for Inclusion
• Dr Joanne Banks, School of Education, TCD – The evidence base for Inclusive education
• Keara Campbell, Parent – from Special Education to mainstream – a journey worth taking
• Deirdre Graham, Parent – Inclusion from day one, a family story
• Mary McGrath, NCSE – Piloting the School Inclusion Model (SIM)
• Martin O’Connor, Psychologist – Inclusion as the foundation for a Lifetime of belonging
• Dr Shivaun Quinlivan – Understanding Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
• Professor Michael Shevlin, School of Education TCD – Establishing Transition Pathways to Post- Secondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Please register by Wednesday 16th October.

Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning

In partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, AHEAD and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning are teaming up to facilitate the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning in a fully online format starting October 3rd. This course was developed by AHEAD and UCD as part of the Forum’s open courses initiative and this ‘train the trainer’ iteration of the course is aimed at those who are interested in facilitating the course in their own institutions at a later date (e.g. for other staff). Due to the expected very high demand, we are giving you an opportunity to register before the course is publicly announced next Wednesday Sept 4th.

It will run for 10 weeks from Oct 3rd 2019 and will provide participants with a strong introduction to the Universal Design for Learning Framework and give them the opportunity to implement UDL approaches within the teaching activities they are currently undertaking. The course involves approximately 25 hours over the 10 week period, averaging 2.5 hours per week with a 5 hour add on later in the course for those interested in becoming future facilitators of the course themselves.

This free iteration of the course is particularly aimed at individuals or groups of individuals who are interested in rolling out the badge as a facilitator at a later date (e.g. for staff in their institution).

Please note, since one of the aims of this iteration of the course is to train future facilitators, we are limiting the number of participants per institution that can sign up to 3 should the course be over subscribed. If we reach full capacity, we will contact the latest participants to register from each institution to notify them of the situation.

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