Education

Hidden disabilities: Joseph Delaney

Iriss.fm, Episode 185

Michael McEwan speaks to Joseph Delaney about growing up with a 'hidden disability'.

Joseph is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about his life experiences, and his journey to getting his music degree at university and working at Limelight Music.

Hidden disabilities: Ryan Fleming

Iriss.fm, Episode 184

Michael McEwan speaks to Ryan Fleming about growing up with a 'hidden disability'.

Ryan is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about the challenging, as well as positive experiences he has faced from childhood right through to adulthood.

He talks about how he sees the world, how he interacts in social situations, his support network and his hopes for the future.

How do you find real lack and real passion?

Iriss.fm, Episode 175

On 24 October 2016 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Dr Robert French led an Iriss workshop exploring how to negotiate a way through the complexities of our managed world, in order to do some of the worthwhile things we feel passionate about.

In this talk he includes examples from his own experience of the school education system in England, the poet John Keats and the text 'Symposium' by the Classical Greek philosopher, Plato.

ISBA 2016: Anything to declare? - Jaynie Mitchell

Iriss.fm, Episode 166

Jaynie Mitchell, Director at Inspiring Inclusion (Scotland) shares the experience of her own family of accessing appropriate services and support for her son who was diagnosed with autism as a child.

Introduced by Donald Macleod, Conference Chair.

Recorded at the 10th International Short Break Association conference, 13–15 September 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Seeking workshop contributions

You are invited to provide a workshop contribution to a national conference to share and promote best practice in service user and carer involvement in professional education.

The conference will be held on 26 April 2017 at the University of Stirling and bring together service users and carers, students, educators, professionals and policy-makers. It will be relevant to social work, health, education and other areas of professional education, at qualifying and post-qualifying levels.

Workshops should:

My Life My Way - Wesley Greer

Iriss.fm, episode 141

Never underestimate people with disability. Wesley (Wes) Greer talks to Michael McEwan of Able Radio about his life from school through the highs and lows of breaking into performing arts. Currently Wes is working in a voluntary post at Common Knowledge UK (CKUK). He is also a member of East Kilbride Rep Theatre where he recently played the dormouse in their pantomime adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. This was particularly intriguing as Wes is 6ft 5 inches tall!

My Life My Way - Lynn Murdoch

Iriss.fm, episode 140

In our continuing series My Life, My Way Lynn Murdoch talks candidly to Michael McEwan of Able Radio about life with cerebral palsy. Lynn attended mainstream schools and tried office work for a while. Now living in own home and working as an activities coordinator in a care home, she offers advice and encouragement to others with a disability.

My Life My Way - George Gordon

Iriss.fm, episode 139

Michael McEwan of Able Radio talks to George Gordon, a part-time receptionist with with SCLD who has previously worked with Common Knowledge as an interviewer on the Special Olympics and as a support worker. He has also worked on the SCLD Citizen Leadership programme. He talks about the challenge of attending college while working as a School Traffic Patroller and has advice on how to deal with bullying and verbal abuse.

Co-production and improvement methodology in education

Iriss.fm, episode 135

This is the final episode in a series of five on the subject of co-production and improvement methodology. Susan Hannah, Head of Improvement - Raising Attainment for All, speaks about the improvement work she has been involved in. She began her career in the health sector and now focuses on applying improvement methodology in educational settings.

Shaping the future

Making a successful transition from student to social worker

What's it like for a student leaving university and making the transition into the world of work?

Iriss teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University, SSSC, the Scottish Association of Social Workers and the Scottish Government to find out. About 120 final year students as well as newly qualified social workers gathered at GCU on 22 January 2015 to share information and experience with aim of helping to shape the future direction of social work.