National Supported Employment Week (23-29th of April) and Job Shadow Day (25th of April)

(20 Apr 2012)

Take a look at this new video from IASE, featuring amongst others Senator Feargal Quinn, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD, Teresa Mallon (IASE Chairperson), Ciaran Edwards, Minister for Disability & Mental Health Kathleen Lynch TD, Sean Gallagher (IASE Patron), Jane Lorigan (MD to promote rights to work for people with a disability to mark the upcoming events.

On Wednesday 25th April 2012, hundreds of individuals with disabilities throughout Ireland will be afforded a unique opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a normal working day at hundreds of employment sites/companies throughout Ireland.

People being shadowed on the day (25th of April) will include Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator David Norris, Sean Gallagher, Minister Joan Burton, Minister Kathleen Lynch and Mark Pollock.

IASE Patron Sean Gallagher says: "Job Shadow is a very real opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to sample the world of work and for employers to see their abilities as well as the challenges they face in everyday life".

The National Job Shadow Initiative is designed to give people with disabilities a unique opportunity to get a close up look at the world of work for one day or one week in April each year, enabling them to discover and learn about the skills and education required to compete and succeed in the work place. Job Shadow Initiative offers people with disabilities an opportunity to shadow a work place mentor as they go about their daily work.

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment) is a national voluntary organisation which was established in February 1994 with the aim of promoting and developing suppported employment through out Ireland. IASE is the representative voice of almost 800 members in Ireland who in turn work with over 5,000 people with disabilities who are receiving supports through a range of supported employment initiatives. The organisation is currently funded by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government under the white paper for voluntary services.

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