From the Bench to Centre Field: Marking 30 Years of Services to Students with Disabilities in UCD

UCD Access Symposium, 31st May 2018

The UCD Access Symposium was held on Thursday 31st May, 2018. This year's Symposium celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the University's supports for students with disabilities. It provided an opportunity to bring together all those working, researching, or simply interested in the area of Disability in UCD. It was also a chance to stimulate some productive and compelling conversations which we hope will spark future collaborations.

The Symposium was officially opened by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD.  Our inspirational guest speakers were Dr Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and UCD alumnus Dr Caroline Casey, founder of the Ability Awards and Binc.

 
We plan to publish the proceedings of the 2018 Symposium, which provides an opportunity for you to disseminate your work further. You can find the proceedings from last year's symposium available to download below.

 

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Venue: Building 71 (morning) and the Access & Lifelong Learning Centre (afternoon)

Draft Programme, subject to change

10am

 

Introduction

 

Dr Anna M. Kelly, Director, Access and Lifelong Learning

 

10:05am

Welcome

Professor Andrew Deeks, President, UCD

10:15 – 10:30am

 

Opening Address

 

Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 – 11:30am  

 

 

11:30 – 12:00pm

 

Chair:

Professor Grace Mulcahy, Chair, UCD Widening Participation Committee

 

 

Keynote Address

 

 

Keynote Speaker

 

 

Dr Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina, Canada.

 

Dr Caroline Casey, founder of the Ability Awards and Binc,

12:00 – 12:15pm

 Retro Coffee break

12:15- 1:45pm

Lightning Presentations

 

Innovative Approaches

 Chair:

Professor Colin Scott, Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University College Dublin

Neurodiversity and Dyslexia

 

 

AHA: ADHD Augmented

 

 

 

Students with hearing impairment experiences of studying for a nursing degree at UCD

 

University for ALL: Moving forward through consultation, conversation and collaboration

  • Associate Professor Nuala Brady, School of Psychology

 

  • Associate Professor Eleni Mangina, School of Computer Science & Rita Treacy

 

 

 

  • Dr Phil Halligan, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

 

  • Dr Anna M. Kelly, Director, Access and Lifelong Learning & Dr Lisa Padden, Inclusive Education Co-ordinator, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning

Student Experience 

Chair:

Dr Bairbre Fleming, Deputy Director, Access & Lifelong Learning

 

The Student experience of disability in UCD

 

Diary of a 49-year-old teenager

 

Change your brain, change your life

 

  • Amy Hassett, UCD Physiology Student

 

 

  • John Duffy, UCD Archaeology Student

 

  • David Delaney, UCD IT Services

 

Innovative Mainstreaming 

Chair:

Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Professor of Inclusive Design, UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

 

Supporting students with mental health difficulties – whose job is it?

 

 

Access all areas! Achievements in UCD Campus Accessibility

 

 

 

Empower every person: reimagining accessibility

 

  • Julie Tonge, Disability Officer, Access and Lifelong Learning

 

 

  • Fiona Sweeney, Head, Outreach, Engagement and Transition, Access and Lifelong Learning & Tina Lowe, Campus Accessibility officer, Access and Lifelong Learning

 

  • Stephen Howell, Academic Programme Manager, Microsoft

 

1:45pm

Lunch

2:30pm

 

Honouring the Pioneers

  • Presentation to Pioneers

 

  • Former UCD Registrar, Professor John Kelly
  • Carmel Bevan
  • Elaine Howley
  • Gerry Ellis

 

  • Launch of Publication 

 

 

 

  • My story

 

 

Professor Mark Rogers, Registrar and Deputy President, UCD

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Bairbre Fleming, Deputy Director, Access & Lifelong Learning

 

 

Elaine Howley, First UCD Student Liaison Officer

3:30pm

Closing Remarks

Professor Grace Mulcahy, Chair, UCD Widening Participation Committee

Dr Anna M. Kelly, Director, Access and Lifelong Learning

UCD Access Symposium Proceedings 2017PDF|