Simon Ahern has worked as the Educational Technology Officer based in the Assistive Technology Centre within the Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP) at Maynooth University since 2007.
Simon coordinates the post-entry supports for Maynooth University students connected to MAP and promotes the use of innovative educational technology solutions to all MAP students. He also manages the team of 180 student volunteers called MAP Ambassadors and designs the annual Launchpad orientation programme for over 1000 new entrants, co-delivered by MAP Ambassadors. Simon is also a Director of the ALL Institute: Assisting Living and Learning.
Simon holds a Diploma in Assistive Technology, a BA in Politics and Linguistics and an MA in Linguistics from UCD, and an MSc in Speech and Language Processing from the University of Edinburgh. His areas of special interest include integrating technology into students' daily life as well as accessibility and inclusivity.