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UCD Centre for Disability Studies webinars for International Disability Day

To celebrate International Disability Day, December 3rd, the UCD Centre for Disability Studies is co-hosting two events next week.

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Associate Professor Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and Chair of the ILAE Intellectual Disability Task Force, will chair an ILAE webinar on definitions and diagnosis of developmental disabilities.

The guest speaker is Dr Laura M. F. Ferreira Guilhoto, Chief of Pediatric Epilepsy Unit, Hospital Sao Paulo and clinical neurophysiologist at Hospital Universitario, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The panellists are Dr Francesca Snoeijen-Schouwenaars, Intellectual Disability physician, Kempenhaeghe, the Netherlands and Dr Vincente Villanueva, Neurologist, Hospital Universitario y Politecnico La Fe, Spain.

Date: December 8th 2023

Time: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) 12.00-13.00

Format: live via zoom and recorded for later viewing

Registration: All are welcome but you must register in advance for this event. To register go to (opens in a new window)https://www.ilae.org/congresses/webinars/definitions-and-diagnosis-of-developmental-disabilities-intellectual-disability-and-autism (see registration link on top right)

International League Against Epilepsy

This webinar is hosted by IASSIDD, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The webinar represents a collaboration by IASSIDD’s Health Issues Special Interest Research Group and Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Group (Chaired by Associate Professor Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies).  These Special Interest Research Groups have produced a Special Edition of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. The Special Edition comprises a series of papers that outline how health systems in different countries address the health needs of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. This webinar presents a selection of these papers.

Date: December 4th 2023

Time: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) 21.00-22.00

Format: live via zoom and recorded.

Registration: All are welcome but you must register in advance for this event. To register go to: (opens in a new window)https://iassidd.org/events/2023-events/ (go to the end of the page for December events)

New CPD offerings from the UCD Centre for Disability Studies

We have two new courses on offer as Continuous Professional Development starting Thursday September 15th and running every Thursday to November 24th. The courses on offer are PSY40890 Disability Policy and Law which runs from 10-1pm and PSY40640 Advanced Disability Studies which runs from 2-5pm. All classes take place in person on the UCD campus.

These CPD offerings are open to all. Participants are awarded a Certificate of Attendance on completion. These courses are not eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning to other programmes offered by the Centre. For further information please go to https://www.ucd.ie/psychology/study/continuousprofessionaldevelopment/.


IASSIDD webinar on Supported Decision Making 29/30 September 2022

Associate Professor Christine Linehan, Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies is currently Chair of IASSIDD’s Comparative Policy and Practice (CPP) SIRG. The SIRG are delighted to host one of IASSIDD’s webinar series. The CPP SIRG webinar is titled ‘International Perspectives on Supported Decision Making’ and is chaired by Professor Christine Bigby who leads a multi-disciplinary programme of research in this area from the Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University, Australia. Other speakers include Prof Terry Carney, University of Sydney and Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then, Queensland University of Technology. The webinar will be hosted live on Thursday September 29th from 09.00 – 11.00 and a repeat viewing will be aired 17.00 – 19.00 on Friday September 30th. Details for registration and fees are available here (opens in a new window)https://iassidd.org/conference2022/ Please note that registration covers registration to all monthly webinars to December 2022.

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Epilepsy in Education Webinar Series

The UCD Centre for Disability Studies joins the UCD Neuropsychology Lab to present a free webinar series titled ‘Epilepsy in Education’. Two webinars will take place on May 4th and 11th from 12.30 to 13.30pm. Guest speakers include Experts by Experience Danielle O’Rourke and Maria Carty-Mole who are joined by Dr Joyce Senior, Director of the Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Dr Cathy Madigan, Principal Specialist in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology CHI at Temple St. The webinars are hosted by PhD candidate Clara Sherlock and academic supervisors Dr Michelle Downes and Associate Professor Christine Linehan.

If you would like to attend this event, you need to register in advance at this link: (opens in a new window)https://epilepsyineducation.eventbrite.co.uk 

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Youth Mental Health in the time of COVID-19

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 Dr Niki Nearchou will chair a lunchtime seminar on Friday March 25th from 11am to 12.30pm on her research in the field of Youth Mental Health in the time of COVID-19. Invited speakers include Associate Professor Amanda Fitzgerald, Co-investigator of the My World Survey and Lorna Kerin, Public Patient Involvement Manager at RCSI Medical.

To register for this event please visit (opens in a new window)https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-in-the-time-of-covid-19-tickets-266817497317

Connecting locally: recognising the facilitators and overcoming the barriers to the social inclusion in neighbourhoods of adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Webinar - Tuesday 28th of September 10 am to 12 noon

This free webinar will share recent Irish research findings that identify effective supports for adults with intellectual disabilities to become socially included in their neighbourhoods/localities.

Dr Geraldine Boland, UCD Centre for Disability Studies will present the results of Irish research studies on adults with intellectual disabilities connecting to people and places in their neighbourhoods. The policy and practice implications of the results of a national survey of Irish service providers will be discussed at this interactive webinar.

Who is this for?

  • Service leaders (including CEOs/ Directors of Services)
  • Service Managers

  • Multi-disciplinary clinical staff

  • Specialist social inclusion staff

(Note: another webinar will be hosted for people with lived experience and family members.)

How will places be allocated?

The above staff from Irish service provider organisations for adults with intellectual disabilities are invited. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enquiries to: (opens in a new window)geraldine.boland@ucdconnect.ie

UCD Centre for Disability Studies Discussions in Disability Series

Each summer, the UCD Centre for Disability Studies hosts an annual seminar on a topic of interest in the disability field. These seminars are open to all and aim to provide a forum for discussion and debate. All viewpoints are welcomed.  Agendas from previous seminars are presented below. Further information on all seminars is available under the ‘Disability News’ tab on our website

2019 Youth Mental Health: Break the Stigma


2018 Assisted Decision Making


2017 Disability and Ethnic Minority


2016 Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability


2016 UCD Centre for Disability Studies’ 20th Anniversary


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