Clubs for All: Accessibility and inclusive clubs for young people (this August, Dublin, Ireland)
On 29 August, we will be hosting a meetup event in Dublin, Ireland, to talk about how to make our clubs more accessible and inclusive for young people. We would like to invite everyone in our community to join the event and mingle with your peers while learning about this important subject. Everyone is welcome — including those who feel unfamiliar with accessibility and inclusivity.
The meetup will be a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about accessibility and inclusivity in a friendly and informal environment, just like a Dojo.
We plan to highlight many aspects of this topic, as addressed in the CoderDojo Accessibility Guide. Our speakers will be giving lightning talks, and you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and insights, if you are comfortable doing so.
Hannah Bryson – UCD SU Disability Rights Campaign Officer, CoderDojo Volunteer and Disability Activist
Hannah Bryson is a Computer Science student at UCD. She is committed to building an equal society for the one billion people in the world with a disability, and is working on a number of initiatives with multiple organisations. Hannah was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia when she was a child. Later, as an adult, she was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Hannah is a mentor and champion at CoderDojo, and we found her insight into invisible disabilities invaluable to share with volunteers, parents, and young people.
Hannah will be speaking about her work supporting CoderDojo to create an Accessibility Guide to make clubs inclusive for all.
Adam Harris -Founder-CEO of AsIAm.ie
Adam Harris is a 24-year-old social entrepreneur, Autism advocate and Founder-CEO of AsIAm.ie, an organisation committed to building a more Autism-friendly society in Ireland. Adam established AsIAm.ie based on his own experiences of growing up with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum.
Today Adam addresses Autism issues in the media and at conferences, national and international. A Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee, Adam also sits on the Board of Specialisterne Ireland and the NCSE Consultative Forum.
Dave Milliken – Healthcare Consultant/Brain for Hire
Dave is a freelance consultant in the healthcare world working with both government and private organisations. He is passionate about making sure that people using services are not left out of the decision-making process. In his spare time, he chairs several groups aimed at giving a meaningful voice to those with additional healthcare needs and develops software for social services.
Dave will be talking about language barriers’ physical, emotional and practical.
myAccessHub is an Irish start-up that is making it easier for companies to build Autism Inclusive Workplaces by using video animation and virtual reality to educate their employees. Gearoid is passionate about highlighting the value that people with autism and other neurodiversities can bring to the workplace. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science, Gearoid joined the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Programme and represented the company in Boston, US at the Bridge to MassChallenge Competition and in the Netherlands at the ChangeMakerXchange Programme. In 2018, myAccessHub was named the Best Social/Sustainable Startup in Ireland.
Gearoid will be sharing his experience of designing myAccessHub and being a software developer with dyslexia.
Magda Jadach – Software Developer and Accessibility Lead at the Raspberry Pi Foundation
Magda is a software developer and accessibility lead at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She is an advocate for diversity in technology in and out of the office. In her spare time, she mentors kids in a Dojo, climbs walls and trees and plays with her baby boy. Her portfolio is rounded off by her experience working as a journalist where she interviewed her guests for a radio show.
Magda will be joining us virtually to share the progress of the work by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in web accessibility.
More speakers will be announced soon!
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