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Project to 'Open Doors' for diversity at work
Recognising and celebrating best practice
Greetings from Uganda
Employers celebrate Job Shadow Day success
Supported employment is changing lives
Supported employment made my workplace 'a little brighter'
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Project to 'Open Doors' for diversity at work

COME IN, WE'RE OPEN: Carmel Hanley, Michael Boylan (left) and Michael De Loughrey, Western Care, Belmullet, celebrate the launch of Open Door.

The IASE has launched a new project to engage with some 1,500 employers across the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region over the next two years.

The project, named Open Door, will focus on engaging with employers who currently do not employ people with disabilities.

Open Door is a Disability Activation Project co-funded by the European Union under the European Social Fund (Human Capital Investment Operation Programme 2007 – 2013), and the Irish Government through the Department of Social Protection and Pobal.

It hopes to see at least 100 people with disabilities supported into jobs in the open labour market by April 2015.

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Recognising and celebrating best practice


Do you know a champion of supported employment who deserves to be recognised and celebrated for their work?

The IASE is getting ready to launch this year’s Best Practice Awards.

Nominations for the awards, which recognise excellence in supported employment, will open in September.

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Greetings from Uganda
Ugandan delegate praises EUSE experience


The programme manager for a project in Uganda, who travelled all the way from the east African country to attend the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) conference in Dublin, has said his experience in Ireland will help in the campaign to improve the living conditions for people with disabilities in his country.

Yazidi Baligasima is the manager of the Employment Support for People with Disabilities project and is part of the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU).
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Employers celebrate Job Shadow Day success


Photographed at the Celebrating Job Shadow Day Success coffee morning are: Margaret Halloran, IASE; Mary O’Halloran, manager, STEP Supported Employment; Carmel Keane, disability liaison officer at the Department of Agriculture; Fiona Taylor, human resources manager, AXA Insurance Limited; Aidan Maher, performance and development manager, Dublin City Council; Anna Ruth, job coach, STEP Supported Employment; Orla Moran, general manager, IrishJobs.ie; Shirley Conlon, job coach, STEP Supported Employment; Teresa Mallon, director of Menni and chairperson of the IASE; Valerie O'Connell, team leader, Noel Recruitment; Conor Dunne, human resources department, Dublin City Council; and Nikki Hegarty, business development manager, Kanchi.


“Protecting difference is a positive thing.”

That was the message from Aidan Maher, performance and development manager with Dublin City Council, at a recent coffee morning organised by STEP Supported Employment and the IASE at the Dublin headquarters of disability and business organisation Kanchi.

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Supported employment is changing lives
This month, the spotlight is on St. Joseph’s Foundation, Cork


Photographed are Rebecca Bourke, Sharon Healy, Carmel Hynes, Sharon O'Brien, Mairead Forde and their job coach at St. Joseph's Foundation Mary Hayes.

“Supported employment is about much more than simply having a job and earning a wage,” according to Mary Hayes, job coach with the progressive St. Joseph’s Foundation in Charleville, Co. Cork.

She says some of the greatest positive changes she has seen brought about by supported employment are increased independence, life satisfaction and confidence.  

For many of Mary’s clients, supported employment has played a pivotal role in their lives.  

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Supported employment made my workplace 'a little brighter'


Take a look at this supported employment success story from the IASEmployment Youtube channel.

Many thanks to employer Pauric Newman, employee John Kennedy and all at EmployAbility Roscommon for taking part in the making of this short video.

For more great videos on supported employment, visit our Youtube channel.
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Disability news from around the world

Here's a round-up of some disability stories from around the world making the news this month.
Disability and diabetes; an inspirational teacher; independent living philosophy, technology for charities, a disability pride parade and more.
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We want to hear from you!

The next IASE ezine is out in September. We'd love to include some of your news, events and success stories.

If you have something you'd like to share, please send it to us.

Email media@iase.ie or call us on (097) 82894.
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