Saturday, March 25, 2017
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In this opinion piece, David Quinn, Managing Director of Pascal Software, Board member of Inclusion Ireland and member of the Social Democrat party, has taken a close look at the current Irish taxation system. Here he offers a view of a different way of doing it, to be more equitable and eliminate the poverty trap for low-income earners, which could benefit people at all levels of society, including people with disabilities...

Back in the 1930’s, The New Deal was an imaginative but wholly necessary series of programmes enacted in America between 1933 and 1938. They were inspired and enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt

In advance of the Fine Gael / Labour government’s “Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities”, Kate Butler of Thundercut Alley takes a look at independent living initiatives and opportunities for people with disabilities, and the barriers faced in accessing them due to systemic discrimination and the lack of consistency across services and planning.

This year, a 17 year old girl was given the brilliant opportunity of doing work experience at RTÉ, on the set of Winning Streak. However, because she was a minor and had an intellectual disability, RTÉ requested that she would have support with her.....

Andrew Murray tells us about his sucesses in College, sport and his busy work life. Work has made him more independent, allowing him to have new experinces, meet new people and build his confidence.

Andrew-Murray eating food

Born in Hong Kong 7 April 1992. Moved to Dublin in July 2000- I have one older brother, James and a younger Sister, Lianne. I love travelling and meeting people. I play golf, table tennis and basketball with Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics club. I won a silver medal for golf at the national games in Limerick last year. I did the CCL course in Trinity College from 2010 to 2012.

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COME IN, WE’RE OPEN! Celebrating the launch of the Open Door project are Carmel Hanley, Michael Boylan (left) and Michael DeLoughrey (right), Western Care, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

A new project to engage with employers across the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region and to increase the number of people with disabilities working in the open labour market was launched recently by Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD...

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Gráinne Berrill explains how the Walk Peer programme brings young people with disabilities into the workforce

WALK PEER Programme participants on work placements and jobsite visits.

Recent research in Ireland has shown that people with a disability are less than half as likely to be active in the labour market...

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Siobhan Cleary and Fergus Comerford, Coordinators of the Integrated Education Programme

Learners with their very first exam results

Six service users (learners) from the Daughters of Charity Service completed four semesters in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) earlier this year and the second intake of six have just completed their first semester. This project is a joint initiative between the Daughters of Charity and ITB...

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Mary O’Halloran explains the many functions that Step SE provides to many employment for those with a disability

STEP Supported Employment team, Minister of State Joan Burton, Sean Gallagher & Teresa Mallon Chairperson IASE

STEP SE, within St John of God Community Services Ltd, is an employment, recruitment and volunteering service to assist men and women to secure and maintain jobs and volunteering roles...