AHEAD Case Study By Adaptas Training


AHEAD, is a professional membership organisation for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education and employment. AHEAD were looking for something to make their events interactive and engaging, as they deliver training to higher education and organisational personnel through conferences, workshops etc


On a number of occasions between 2009 and now, adaptas™  have worked with AHEAD, WAM and Get AHEAD to create training sessions that breathe life into common situations that individuals and organisations experience in this space.


Through our interactive approach to observation and experiencing at adaptas™, participants at a range of conferences, workshops and events organised by AHEAD have been able to explore issues that are often difficult to talk about in higher education and in organisations.


I loved the style and think it really worked for our target group. It has been a pleasure working with adaptas!

Mary Quirke – Assistant Director /Manager
WAM and LINK projects

“We are very happy with the way the training session went and the feedback received has all been very positive. By using actors it allowed the participants put a distance between them and the issues under review. It created a kind of safety net which encouraged group participation and engagement. The scope to act out rather than talk out issues was both interesting and creative. It helped put participants at their ease which in turn encouraged participation. You were all great on the day and though some of the questions put to the actors were difficult at times, the actors rose to the occasion and their ad-libbing was to be congratulated. We offer you and the actors both our thanks and appreciation.”

Pauline Ryder – Project Co-Ordinator
Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) Programme, AHEAD

‘It was exactly what we were looking for and proved to be a very informative session for all attendees.’

John-Paul Byrne – WAM Research Officer

‘I certainly think that the approaches you use are an extremely valuable tool with which to engage and support many various audiences and as such have a capacity to deliver information and learning very differently to traditional approaches.’

Niamh Hayes – Project Coordinator

‘Adaptas are very good collaborators, very professional. They get the message across very effectively, involving the participants and are fun, using very effective, different and interactive learning tools. Feedback was extremely positive.’

Ann Heelan – Executive Director
AHEAD – Association for Higher Education Access & Disability