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An Taoiseach among hundreds celebrated for promoting equal employment
Do you know a champion of supported employment?
Mayo employers 'open the door' at Castlebar event
Let's get 'Better Together'!
Date set for Job Shadow 2014
European conference featured on Irish TV
Cork's COPE Foundation plays leading role in European project
IASE makes submission for employment strategy
Disability campaigner tells life story in new book
IASE moves to new office
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An Taoiseach among hundreds celebrated for promoting equal employment



Photo: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the awards in his Department with Job Shadow participant Noel Maher from Maynooth, Fiona Bannon and Laurie Byrne, participating employers from Musgraves Retail Ireland, John Lonergan and Teresa Mallon, IASE chairperson.

Hundreds of employers and jobseekers were recognised and celebrated on Wednesday last (September 25) at the Department of An Taoiseach, for their efforts to promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities across Ireland.

At the awards ceremony, former Mountjoy Prison governor John Lonergan presented jobseekers, employers and professionals from across almost every sector in Ireland, with certificates and plaques for their participation in Job Shadow Day 2013.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among those recognised for his participation in the national day of awareness, which is organised by the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE).

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Do you know a champion of supported employment?
National award nominations now open!


Photo: Minister Joan Burton meets with award winners from 2012.


The IASE National Best Practice Award nominations are now open!

These celebrate and shine a light on employers, employees, job coaches, disability organisation, volunteers and IASE members who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities through supported employment.

So if you know a champion of supported employment who deserves recognition for their achievements, nominate them today for a national award.

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Mayo employers 'open the door' at Castlebar event


Pictured at the Open Door event in Castlebar are: Mary Thomas, accountant, Pamela Kilcoyne, Baxter Healthcare, Catherine O'Grady Power, O'Cees Coffeeshop, and Jarlath Varley, AIB.

Inclusive recruitment is good for business. That was the message to Mayo employers at a special Open Door breakfast seminar in the Harlequin Hotel, Castlebar, on September 20.

The event was part of Mayo Ideas Week and highlighted to employers the business benefits of hiring and retaining employees with disabilities through supported employment.

Local employers and businesspeople who attended the event included AIB, GMIT, Baxter, O'Cee's Coffeeshop and accountant Mary Thomas.

Guest speakers at the seminar were Olwen Dawe, of Irish Business Intelligence, and Mark Logan, regional manager of the Rehab Group.

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Let's get 'Better Together'!
IASE takes to the streets of Galway and Belmullet for video competition


The IASE is asking for your help in this year's Better Together video campaign competition.

All you have to do is vote for our short two minute film to show your support for equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities through supported employment.

Voting only takes a moment and you can cast yours by clicking here.

You can vote every day until November 22.

The video was created with the help of Mayo film and sound graduates Liam O'Connor and Ian McIntyre on the streets of Galway and Belmullet.
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Date set for Job Shadow 2014

The IASE announced the date for Job Shadow 2014 recently at an event in the Department of An Taoiseach in Dublin last week.

Job Shadow 2014 will take place on April 9 and the IASE is hoping the many disability services throughout the country who have made this initiative such a great success over the past six years will once again take part.

The IASE is also calling on disability services, employers and jobseekers who haven't yet had a Job Shadow experience to find out more and sign-up for next year's event.

Find out more about Job Shadow 2014 here.

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European conference featured on Irish TV

The 11th European Union of Supported Employment Conference, hosted by the IASE in Croke Park, Dublin, and sponsored by the Rehab Group, featured on Irish TV recently.

You can watch the full news feature here.
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Cork's COPE Foundation plays leading role in European project

The COPE Foundation in Cork is heading up a cross-European project examining the barriers young people with intellectual disability face when it comes to moving from education into employment.

BITSE (Barriers which Inhibit the Transition from School to Employment) is a Leonardo Da Vinci partnership project involving 14 organisations across 10 European countries.

The COPE Foundation is coordinating the project.

The two year project aims to develop a toolkit and propose recommendations to help identify and overcome barriers and support people with disabilities in transitioning from education to employment.
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IASE makes submission for employment strategy

The IASE has made a submission to the National Disability Authority (NDA) regarding the development of a 10-year employment strategy for people with disabilities.
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Disability campaigner tells life story in new book

An IASE member and well-known disability advocate from Co. Mayo is launching a book, on October 18th, telling her story about life with rheumatoid arthritis.

Anne Marie Healy (pictured left) from Belmullet was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was five years old. She was voted Person of the Year in her local Erris region and was involved in an awareness campaign to improve services for people with rheumatoid arthritis in Co. Mayo.

The book, Be Yourself, will be launched in Healy's Hotel in Glenamoy in north Mayo.

Many congratulations to Anne Marie from everyone at the IASE!

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IASE moves to new office

The IASE has moved to a new office. 

Our new office is located at No. 1, Údarás Na Gaeltachta Industrial Estate, Church Road, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.


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