AsIAm and SuperValu launch webinar to support students

Martin Kelleher, SuperValu managing director

Online webinar series continues with ‘Educational Support Seminar for Secondary School Students’

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29 May 2020 | 0

The latest webinar in AsIAm and SuperValu’s online seminar series is now live.

Sponsored by SuperValu, the seminar is part of an ongoing series which offer support and useful information to the Autism community. The seminars are driven by the autism community and delivered by autism experts. They focus on the changes that have arisen as a result of Covid-19.

Titled ‘Educational Support Seminar for Secondary School Students’, the latest webinar is targeted towards secondary students going back to school in September and those moving on to further education, as well as parents of students. Education expert Billy Redmond delivered the seminar.

The seminar covered topics such as:

  • Transition Planning back to School
  • Transitioning to College/University
  • Educational Supports and Expectations
  • What does predictive grades mean?
  • Online Educational Resources

Redmond is currently on a career break from his role as principal of St. Laurence College in Loughlinstown where he led the DEIS school for four years. He is now working with educational partners and schools to develop Continuous Professional Development and helping schools and organisations to operationalise systems and plans. He has wealth of experience and qualifications in guidance and counselling, school development planning and educational management and mentoring.

Commenting on the webinar series, Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm said: “These seminars previously happened in different communities each month but are now available online… Students are now faced with a lot of unknowns from predictive grades to what their transition to university could look like and for students in the autism community this is particularly challenging as routine and structures are so important. Billy Redmond is an expert in secondary education, and we are grateful to bring his expertise to students and their families at this critical time.”

“As sponsors of the community support seminars we are delighted these seminars are now online to support the autism community,” said Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu. “Now more than ever we need to continue to support the autism community.”

SuperValu is committed to raising understanding and awareness of autism among its customers and staff. With over 50,000 families in Ireland living with autism, those affected face barriers to inclusion because of the attitudes of people who may not have first-hand experience of autism.

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