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Ann Heelan

Ann Heelan

Currently she is Executive Director of AHEAD, the Association of Higher Education Access and Disability, the Irish National Centre of education.

Originally a Teacher, she was shocked by the difficulties students with disabilities have in doing the things other students take for granted, ordinary activities such as getting into college, reading all the books on the course, going on an internship and getting a job.

Ann works closely with staff across higher education institutions and shares her practical Knowledge about building confidence in including students with disabilities in their professional practice. Moreover, her work involves academic and technical staff within different educational institutions, such as career advisor on the transition to work, as well as international officers, in order to  make international experience accessible for students with disabilities.

Furthermore, in AHEAD they work with employers, sharing practical information regarding flexible recruitment process development and selection strategies that can create a diverse work environment.