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Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

23 Oct 2014 1:00PM - 23 Oct 2014 4:30PM

Description:

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits.

Short Biography:
Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.


Venue: VENUE: Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, QUB.
Booking info: REGISTRATION: This is an open and free event, but for numbers for catering please register with Jan.speer@qub.ac.uk

Authority and the Teacher

Authority and the Teacher

29 Oct 2014 1:45PM - 29 Oct 2014 6:00PM

Description:

The notions of authority in education has become an increasingly negative concept, regarded by some as championed only by the rigid traditionalists and those who cling on to outdated educational theory and philosophy. 'Authority and the Teacher', seeks to overturn the notion that authority is a restrictive force within education, serving only to stifle creativity and drown out the vice of the student. William H. Kitchen argues that any education must have, as one of its cornerstones, a component which encourages the fullest development of knowledge, which serves as the great educational emancipator. In this version of knowledge-driven education, the teacher's authority should be absolute, so as to ensure that the teacher has the scope to liberate their pupils. The pupil, in the avoidance of ignorance, can thus embrace what is rightfully theirs; the inheritance of intellectual riches passed down through time. By invoking the work of three major philosophers - Polanyi, Oakeshott and Wittgenstein - as well as contributions from other key thinkers on authority, William Kitchen underpins previous claims for the need for authority in education with the philosophical clout necessary to ensure these arguments permeate modern mainstream educational thinking. 

Schedule

1:45pm – 2:00pm    Arrival and Registration
2:00pm – 2:10pm    Welcome 
Professor Paul Connolly, Head of School of Education
2:10pm – 2:50pm    Authority and the Teacher William H. Kitchen
2:50pm – 3:30pm    The death of the progressive, constructivist curriculum in Northern Ireland Mr Robert McCartney QC
3:30pm – 3:50pm    Break
3:50pm – 4:30pm    Sociological and Historical Authority
 Professor Frank Furedi
4:30pm – 5:00pm    Discussion and Questions

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Venue: Canada room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, QUB
Booking info: This is a free event please register with Jan Speer, jan.speer@qub.ac.uk

Inaugural Lecture - Prof Joanne Hughes

Inaugural Lecture - Prof Joanne Hughes

19 Nov 2014 5:00PM - 19 Nov 2014 7:30PM

Description: Inaugural Lecture - Professor Joanne Hughes Title: ‘Plugging the gap’: shared education and the promotion of intergroup relations through schools Joanne is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Shared Education in the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research expertise is in inter-group relations and the role of education in divided societies and her work, spanning more than 20 years, has included in-depth qualitative analyses and large scale surveys. Find out more at: www.qub.ac.uk/cse
Venue: Council Chamber, QUB.
Booking info: To register, email June at j.clawson@qub.ac.uk

Irish Penal Laws

Irish Penal Laws

21 Feb 2015 10:00AM - 21 Feb 2015 4:00PM

Description: The Penal Laws were a series of laws enacted in Ireland against Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters, such as the Presbyterians. This course will consider the motivations and reasons behind the legislation, how coherent a penal code is actually presented, the nature of the laws and their impact. The day will end by considering the eventual repeal of the laws through the Relief Acts passed at the end of the eighteenth century and the transformative endeavours of Daniel O’Connell in the early nineteenth century.
Venue: Queen's Campus
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Public Speaking, Group 2

Public Speaking, Group 2

28 Feb 2015 10:00AM - 28 Feb 2015 4:00PM

Description: Many people fear speaking in front of others. If this is you and you have to make presentations, whether at work or socially, then why not come along to this friendly and practical course over 2 Saturdays. You will learn how to handle nerves, how to prepare and present your material as well as yourself and make the most of your voice. You will have the opportunity to deliver a variety of presentations, receive feedback and pick up useful tips along the way. It will help boost your confidence too.
Venue: Queen's Campus Belfast
Booking info:
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