Understanding Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia Conference

Date: 23 November 2019
Time: 09:30 – 17:00

Location: Maynooth University

Fee €79 includes refreshments, light lunch and certificate of attendance.

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Seminar Outline

09:30-09:45 Mairéad McHale (Synergy Lifelong Learning & Maynooth University), Lecturer in Special & Inclusive Education and Disability Studies, will open the seminar with a brief discussion about inclusion and dyslexia friendly education.

09:45-11:00 Michelle Kinsella, Lecturer, will facilitate a session entitled ‘Understanding Dyslexia’. The session is an interactive workshop during which you will have the opportunity to gain insight into the experience of a dyslexic person. The workshop involves open discussion coupled with specific exercises which are powerful simulation tools. Questions and answers are facilitated throughout the session. By the end of the session you will be confident in understanding the following;

-What dyslexia is and what it is not
-How does dyslexia affect the lives of individuals (child and adult)
-How you can support dyslexic individuals

11:00-11:15 Refreshment Break

11:15-12:00 Angela Langan, primary school teacher, will discuss supports and strategies for children in primary school.

12:00-12:45 Kellie Lohan, secondary school teacher, will discuss RACE and supports for post-primary school students.

12:45 – 13:30 Gerard Gallagher, Disability Advisor, Maynooth University Access Office, will discuss DARE and supports for third level students.

13:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00 James Northridge, UrAbility, will deliver a comprehensive assistive technology workshop. This session will also feature a short talk and demonstration of the C-Pen text reader pen.

Technology is all around us, however, are we using it in the right way? Is it being used effectively to ensure that the learners that most need help are getting the support they need to succeed in the classroom? This hands-on learning experience will explore the array of technology supports that are available to meet the needs of ALL learners.

James will draw on both his personal, work and academic experiences to enlighten the group as to how we can use technology to empower all students. Parents, teachers and SNAs will walk away from the session with practical solutions to current issues and insights on how to best use some common pieces of technology for their children.

James will review a number of pieces of technology that can be used both in the classroom and at home to aid struggling learners, showing how to use them and of course when they are best used. A range of AT tools will be demo’ed along with everyday technology to support all learners.

Who should attend?

Professionals (primary, post-primary, further & higher education teachers/educators, SNAs, care staff), parents, volunteers in support groups and those interested in learning about dyslexia and assistive technology are welcome to attend.

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On completion, workshop participants will be awarded the:
Understanding Dyslexia Professional Development Certificate of Attendance.