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Leading entrepreneur Padraig O Ceidigh is new IASE patron
National awards in excellence presented to employers, employees and services
Greg Barry is new IASE national chair
IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...
IASE corporate membership can be positive Corporate Social Responsibility option
HAPPY NEW YEAR
IN-DEPTH FEATURE
National business group highlights Job Shadow Day to Irish employers
Northern Ireland's Edyth Dunlop on Queen's Honours List for outstanding contribution
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Leading entrepreneur Padraig O Ceidigh is new IASE patron


Photo: IASE patron Padraig O Ceidigh photographed with IASE employment development officer Geraldine Grady.

Leading entrepreneur and former Aer Arann chairperson Padraig O Ceidigh has been announced as the new IASE patron.
The former Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year will now work with the IASE to promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities through supported employment.
Welcoming Mr. O Ceidigh's commitment to help the IASE grow and develop, IASE national coordinator Sarah Togher said: "Mr. O Ceidigh has worked at the highest echelons of the Irish business world so he will give the association valuable insight into the demands and requirements of Ireland's employers and how we can promote supported employment as a real business solution to employers."

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National awards in excellence presented to employers, employees and services


Photo: Employee of the Year Anita Mills in City Hall, Dublin, at the IASE Best Practice Awards.

The winners of national awards recognising and celebrating excellence in supported employment were announced at the IASE Best Practice Awards ceremony in City Hall, Dublin, on December 3.
A Kilkenny service, Access Supported Employment, collected three of the national awards while employees, employers and job coaches associated with Kare, which provides services in Kildare and parts of Offaly, Wicklow and Carlow, scooped an impressive five awards.

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Greg Barry is new IASE national chair

Photo: New IASE chairperson Greg Barry (left) from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, with Dublin's Lord Mayor Councillor Oisín Quinn. 

Castlebar man Greg Barry, manager of the EmployAbility Mayo service, has been elected chairperson of the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) national executive committee.
Mr. Barry has been a member of the association's national executive board since 2003.
He said he was thrilled to take up the position.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...
Supported Employment Service of the Year 2013

Photo: Pauline O'Dwyer from EmployAbility Galway collects the Supported Employment Service of the Year from Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. 

Each month, the IASE will be highlighting the citation for the winner and runner-up across all seven categories of the 2013 Best Practice Awards, which celebrated the 'champions of supported employment', whose work is an example of excellence in the promotion and development of supported employment in Ireland.
This month, we highlight the Supported Employment Service of the Year, EmployAbility Galway, and the runner-up in this category, Walkways.

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IASE corporate membership can be positive Corporate Social Responsibility option
...And it makes good business sense too!

The IASE is now inviting Irish businesses to become corporate members of the association for 2014.

Corporate membership of an association which promotes equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities offers plenty of business benefits and it's also a good opportunity for businesses focussing on corporate social responsbility. 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR
Looking forward to another year promoting equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities across Ireland


The IASE would like to wish all of our members, supporters and followers a very happy New Year.
Thank you for all of your support throughout 2013.
We look forward to working together in 2014 to promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities through supported employment in Ireland. 

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson

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IN-DEPTH FEATURE
STEP Supported Employment launching two innovative projects in 2014

STEP Supported Employment (SE), which s
upports individuals with mild intellectual disabilities in the Dublin and mid-Leinster area, is launching two innovative employment projects this year.
In one project called Vendability, STEP SE is working with two other community groups to train individuals to manage and service vending machines.
In the second project, STEP SE is partnering with a range of community stakeholders to pilot a programme supporting individuals to become qualified and trained in caring for older people and helping to meet the increasing demand for workers in this sector. 
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National business group highlights Job Shadow Day to Irish employers

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a national organisation promoting responsible and sustainable business practices to Irish companies, has highlighted the value of Job Shadow Day. 
The BITC network includes some of Ireland's largest companies. 

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Northern Ireland's Edyth Dunlop on Queen's Honours List for outstanding contribution

Edyth Dunlop, NIUSE, photographed at Croke Park, Dublin, last June.

The regional manager of the Norther Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE) has been recognised by the Queen in the New Years Honours list for 2014.
Edyth Dunlop was awarded an MBE for her contribution to services for people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.
The MBE, member of the Order of the British Empire, is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. It is also awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service, which stands out as an example to other people.
Edyth has worked closely with the IASE on a number of projects, including the development of supported employment toolkit for other disadvantaged groups in Europe, such as ex-offenders and 
Edyth is also a representative for Northern Ireland on the council of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE). She was very much involved in the planning of the European Union of Supported Employment conference in Croke Park, Dublin, last June.
The IASE team and national exeuctive board would like to congratulate Edyth on her award.
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