Count Me In: Employing & Supporting Staff with Disabilties

Following on from the successful "Count Me In" conference on the 7th of January 2015, all staff are encouraged to complete this confidential and anonymous survey. This is a short survey that should take no more than 3-4 minutes.

  • DIT is committed to employing and supporting staff with disabilities; if you do have a disability, and wish to learn more about the support that can be made available to you, please inform your line manager who can then liaise with the Disability Support Service to help accommodate your needs.
  • DIT is also committed to responding to staff feedback; if you do have a disability and feel that you have/have not been supported, then please contact the Disability Support Service by emailing Bob Ó Mhurcú at 
  • Under the Disability Act 2005, DIT is required to provide data on the employment of people with disabilities in the public sector. Information gathered will be used for statistical purposes only. Your personal details will be kept confidential and reported on anonymously.
  • Every employee, whether or not you have any impairment or disability, is asked to complete this survey.

Click here to complete the survey:

 NOTE: The survey has now closed as of 13th March 2015. Thank you for your participation.


‌‌Count Me In Conference 2015

DIT is hosting a morning conference on Wednesday 7th of January 2015 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Rathdown House, Grangegorman, on Employing & Supporting Staff with Disabilities.

The purpose of this conference is to engage with staff, management teams and social partners to help increase awareness of DIT’s obligations under the Disability Act 2005, and to examine best practice in the employment and support of staff with disabilities. The conference will feature the following speakers and topics:

Niamh Fawl & Shane Hogan
National Disability Authority
Disability Legislation & 2013 Staff Census

Bill Austin
IR/HR Executive, IBEC
Disability: An Employer’s Perspective

Breda Trimble
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, An Post
Mick Ennis
Access Officer, An Post
An Post: A Case Study

David Joyce
Equality Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Equality: A View from the Social Partners

The conference is for all Directors, Heads of School, Assistant Heads of School, College Managers, Function Managers, Social Partners and any other interested staff who wish to attend. You can book your place by clicking here: by Wednesday 17th December.

Following the conference, DIT will be launching a staff census, the purpose of which will be to accurately determine the numbers of staff who have a disability.

The Disability Act 2005 sets out legal obligations for public service bodies, including DIT, on employment of people with disabilities, which are: 

  • They must as far as practicable take all reasonable measures to promote and support their employment of people with disabilities;
  • They must ensure, unless there are good reasons for not doing so, that at least 3% of their employees are people with disabilities;
  • They must report every year on the number of people with disabilities they employ, and the measures they are taking to promote and support the employment of people with disabilities.

DIT is required to collect information on the number of employees with a disability so as to ensure compliance with its legal obligations under the Disability Act 2005.

The Institute has received full backing from IMPACT, Group of Unions (IMPACT/SIPTU) and the Teacher’s Union of Ireland on this matter.

We understand that asking for personal information is always a sensitive issue, and we can assure you that the information supplied will not be used for any other reason other than the Institute's obligation to report statistical data to the NDA, and that the anonymity of respondents is guaranteed.

For more information, please contact Bob Ó Mhurcú at or at +353 86 1744955.

Count Me In Conference 2015

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