Friday, June 23, 2017
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Frontline Issue 92
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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

Late summer can be an exciting time for many 17 and 18 year olds as they take satisfaction in the points earned in their Leaving Certificates and look forward to attending a third-level college. For students disappointed in their exam results there are multiple educational and training options available to them—opportunities which will allow them to build a life for themselves independent of their parents...

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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...

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Supported employment is a tried and tested system, used internationally, of supports to assist people with disabilities to access work. ‘Supported employment is based on the principles of human rights, equality and social inclusion. Work is very important for people,’ explains Eithne Jarrett, a director on the board of the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE).

Pictured at the DORAS training centre in Cork City are: Kenneth Kiely, David Mullins, Sarah Lynch, Lisa Waterman and Shane O Neill.

Supported employment is a tried and tested system, used internationally, of supports to assist people with disabilities to access work. ‘Supported employment is based on the principles of human rights, equality and social inclusion. Work is very important for people,’ explains Eithne Jarrett, a director on the board of the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)...

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Helen McQuillan, Project Leader, explains Let’s Get Started, Brothers of Charity Clare – a new project to aid those with disabilities who wish to start their own business.

L to R: Fran Frey, Pauline Malone, Rebecca Fowler, who set up ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, a second hand vintage charity shop in Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Supported self-employment is a relatively new concept in Ireland. A pilot project—Let’s Get Started—led by the Brothers of Charity Clare service and funded by The Genio Trust—is exploring the best ways to help individuals with a disability or illness to plan and set up a small business in their local are, with family and community supports.

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The Walkways project team: Catherine Kelly, Project Leader; Des Henry, Project Coordinator and Margaret Bergin describe their project

PEER ‘buddy’ trainees

WALK is a progressive organisation where people who have intellectual disabilities are supported to live self-determined lives within socially inclusive communities. WALK is an innovative, forward-thinking organisation that is renowned for leading change within the community and voluntary sector...

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Pauline O’Dwyer explains the services provided by Employability Galway

Róisín McDonagh, EmployAbility Galway, accepts the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh from Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley TD, April 2012.

EmployAbility Galway (www.employabilitygalway.ie) is one of the national network of 23 supported employment services funded by Department of Social Protection. Founded in 2001 as Galway Supported Employment Consortium Ltd., since 2009 we have been trading as EmployAbility Galway. Our Board of Directors give their time voluntarily and are senior-level managers in Ability West, Brothers of Charity Services and Rehabcare. We have six full-time staff...

Jane Fitzpatrick on the challenges of independent living (written with the support of Derek McNamara)

My name is Jane Fitzpatrick, I am 33 years of age and I am adult with a mild intellectual disability. I am originally from the Foxrock area. These days, with the support of my Mum and Dad and family and some great staff that have been working with me over the last couple of years, I am living independently in Stillorgan...

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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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Orla Coppinger explains the two year project which aims to give access to the labour market to those with an intellectual disability

The Brothers of Charity Services Galway have embarked on an exciting new ‘Let’s Get to Work’ supported employment initiative, under the Disability Activation Project launched by Pobal, which is a not-for-profit company which manages programmes on behalf of the Irish government and the EU. Pobal promotes social and economic inclusion, reconciliation and equality through the piloting of new initiatives...

Siobhán Kane Communications & Information Manager

At the end of June, the Disability Rights Coalition Ireland (DRCI) held a briefing for TDs and Senators on issues affecting school leavers. Every year young adults leaving school and training who need further supports from disability services face an anxious and stressful summer as they wait to hear what, if any, service will be available for them. The DRCI briefing aimed to shift the focus of this debate, and to educate politicians on the many issues involved...