50 people are attending Social Care Ireland Annual Conference 2018
Social Care Ireland Annual Conference 2018.
Social Care: Working with Abilities and Strengths.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.
21st & 22nd March, 2018.
Early bird tickets are available until 2nd March after which a €30 minimum surcharge will apply.
Social Care Ireland are delighted to announce the keynote Speakers for 2018 Conference are;
Adam Harris is a 23 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.
“Building upon a secure base: supporting children to develop strengths and abilities through interests and activities”
Toby Haslam-Hopwood, PsyD is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who is originally from the United Kingdom. He completed his professional training at the University of Denver, Colorado, USA where he was awarded a Master of Arts and a Doctorate of Psychology. After an internship at Rochester School of Medicine, New York, he was awarded a two year clinical fellowship at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, Kansas after which he joined the Menninger Clinic as a staff member. He came to Ireland in 2008 to take a position working in residential childcare in the Mid West, and his position transferred over to ACTS upon its inception. In his spare time, Toby runs The Galtee Clinic which is a project exploring the applicability of social pedagogy to residential childcare within the Irish context.
Joanne O’Riordan is a criminology student in UCC and is only one of seven people in the world living with a rare physical disability known as Total Amelia. This means she was born without all four limbs and even though there is no medical explanation as to why this happened, Joanne or indeed her family has never allowed it to hold her back. She has used technology to enhance her abilities in both her education and through the wider social environment. She has conquered enormous challenges at home, in school and around her local community. Joanne adapted her life in such a way that it has given her both national and international acclaim. Joanne is now an example to all able-bodied and disabled bodies to live very happy, independent, fulfilled lives. Joanne has challenged the most advanced minds in the world to build her a robot that would become her hands and legs. The challenges she faces every day get bigger and far greater to overcome. Joanne is an inspiration to others.