Ann Heelan

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A braille device for blind computer users. The Association for Higher Education Access and Disability has about 1,000 graduates on its books who are looking for work. Photograph: iStock

Christina McCarthy studied French and Spanish at college and her language skills come in very handy for her front-line job with Enterprise Rent-a-Car(...)

The number of students with disabilities in higher education has grown more than 12 times since  the 1993/1994 academic year. Photograph: iStock

There has a dramatic increase in the number of students registering at third level with mental health conditions. Ahead, the Association for Higher E(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, says it is important that graduates entering the workplace are aware of employment rights. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Young, free and hopeful, you’re about to enter the workforce. You’ve a lot to prove and you’re determined to shine. But do you know your rights? How c(...)

The report found that the increasing number of students with mental health difficulties and their needs had not been matched by more services.

Obligatory training for academic staff and proper peer support should be put in place by all higher education institutions to help students with menta(...)

Róisín Lowe at St Leo’s College, Carlow: “I see a word and think I’m spelling it correctly but the words move about on the page.”  Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Róisín Lowe is a star student. She got an A in Junior Cert English. There’s almost no reason she shouldn’t perform well in her Leaving Cert next ye(...)

The State Examinations Commission is reviewing the operation of its “reasonable accommodation” scheme after fresh complaints this year from a number of parents of children with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The State Examinations Commission failed to implement a series of recommendations aimed at making the provision of exam supports for students with spe(...)

Twitter: the topic of the day at Junior Cert level. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The majority of Leaving Cert candidates who applied for exam support were granted one or more supports last year, according to new figures released by(...)

Ann Heelan: the SEC’s view on what constitutes a reasonable accommodation for a student with a disability is “not up-to-date with modern technology”. Photograph: Lensmen

At least 1,000 students with a range of special needs – including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and Asperger’s – have been denied access to Leaving C(...)

“It’s a really good forum for parents and guidance counsellors and students to come up and just get their questions answered.” Ann Heelan, executive director of Ahead, opens Better Options 2013.

Finding out about the options for third-level study can be a hugely interesting, stimulating and even enjoyable experience for most secondary-schoo(...)