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Count Me In: Employing & Supporting Staff with Disabilities

Posted: 15 January, 2015

DIT hosted a very successful conference in Grangegorman last week entitled "Count Me In: Employing & Supporting Staff with Disabilities".

Organised by colleagues from Human Resources and from Student Services, the event focused on raising awareness of the Disability Act 2005 and providing an understanding of the responsibilities of public bodies under the act. The strong attendance included Directors, Heads of Schools and Functions, interested staff members from various areas of DIT and from other institutions.

Chaired by Dr. Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Services, the conference opened with a welcome to DIT and to Grangegorman by Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT.  The programme of speakers and topics that followed included:

  • Niamh Fawl & Shane Hogan of the National Disability Authority gave a presentation on the Disability Act 2005 itself; the resources available to employers to meet their obligations under the act; and the 2013 report on compliance of public bodies under the terms of the act.
  • Claire Jones of IBEC presented on Disability & Equality from an employer's perspective
  • Breda Trimble and Mick Ennis from An Post presented a case study of An Post as a model of good practice in the employment of, and provision of supports to, staff with disabilities
  • David Joyce of ICTU presented on Disability & Equality from the perspective of the trade unions

During the coffee breaks, Lorraine Gallagher and Seonaid O Murchadha of AHEAD hosted an exhibition on work placement programmes for jobseekers with disabilities and provided guidance on disclosure.

​The conference received very positive feedback and organisers Aideen Gurrin and Bob O Mhurcú undertook to circulate the individual presentations to participants so they could share the information with other colleagues. 

For further information on employing and supporting staff with disabilities in DIT, contact bob.omhurcú@dit.ie