VOLT team is proud to highlight the exceptional achievements of Rehab Group, our valued partner, and their dedicated individual, Aoife Keaney. Aoife’s outstanding work in championing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology has earned her a spot as a finalist for the esteemed John Kelly Award for Universal Design in Further and Higher Education 2023.

This award, named after a renowned advocate for inclusive education, honors innovation in Irish higher education that aligns with the UDL framework. It recognizes the outstanding efforts of institutions and individuals working to create more inclusive learning environments for students.

In 2022, Rehab Group’s National Learning Network joined forces with three leading Higher Education Institutions to showcase the power of Universal Design for Learning, earning them a finalist spot in the previous edition of the award.

One standout contributor to this success is Aoife Keaney, Senior Digital and Assistive Technology Officer at Rehab Group’s DAT Central. Her tireless dedication not only earned her a spot as a John Kelly Award finalist but also a role as a VOLT Ambassador, collaborating with EPR and others to empower disabled individuals in the digital realm.

Aoife’s nomination in the Individual Award category acknowledges her exceptional work in implementing UDL practices in Further Education through the strategic use of Assistive Technology. Her contributions exemplify Universal Design for Learning’s essence, making education more accessible and equitable for all.

To be named a John Kelly Award finalist is a significant achievement. After initial screening by AHEAD and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, an international panel of experts thoroughly evaluated the nominees. Aoife, along with seven other finalists, will present her work during the John Kelly Awards Final Ceremony on November 14th. A winner will be selected by an expert judging panel during the event.

We extend our heartfelt best wishes to Aoife Keaney as she progresses to the next stage of this prestigious competition. Her commitment and contributions represent the transformative potential of Universal Design for Learning, ensuring that inclusive education continues to thrive. We congratulate Aoife on her remarkable journey so far and look forward to her continued positive impact on education inclusivity.

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