Support & Advice

Support & Advice - The Employer's Guide to Supported Employment

The Employer's Guide to Supported Employment, developed by and STEP Supported Employment, in association with the IASE, is a great resource for employers.

The guide is a plain-speaking, easy-to-navigate document providing information to employers in all areas relating to disability in the workplace.

Areas covered by the guide include: accessibility, reasonable accommodations, recruiting and interviewing, bullying in the workplace, grants and incentives, managing people with disabilities and disability awareness training.


Kanchi is a not-for-profit disability organisation that works to change mindsets and behaviours around disability. Kanchi works with decision makers and leaders to promote the Disability Business Case through unique, innovative and effective business initiatives:

Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)

IBEC is the national voice of business and employers and is the umbrella body for Ireland’s leading sector groups and associations.

IBEC represents the interests of business in Ireland and provides a wide range of direct services to its members, which range from the very small to the largest enterprises, employing over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland.

IBEC provides information and guidance to employers on employment issues for people with disabilities.

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National Disability Authority

The National Disability Authority is the independent state body providing expert advice on disability policy and practice to the Minister, and promoting Universal Design in Ireland.

The National Disability Authority's work guides on policies, practice, and technical standards that address the challenges to full inclusion of people with disabilities in Irish society, across a wide range of areas such as employment, housing, support services, transport, information technology and the built environment.

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

IASE is a national voluntary organisation which was established in February 1994 with the aim of promoting and developing supported employment at a national level. They provide a range of services to supported employment organisations, people with disabilities, policy makers as well as promoting and providing information to employers. 

IASE in conjunction with Irish jobs has produced a mircosite with in the Irish jobs website on “Employers Guide to Supported Employment”.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any device which enhances access to communication, education, employment or independent living, for a person with a disability.  There have been many advancement in technology which has changed the way we work and Assistive Technology can work along existing IT to improve accessibility. 

Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards Campaign

The Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards Campaign was launched in Strabane District Council on 26 July 2012.  The Awards are part of the CAWT (Co-operation and Working Together) INTERREG IVA Programme - Community Awareness Programme. They are open to organisations in Donegal and Strabane who are committed to making a real difference for all their customers including people with disabilities.

Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE)

NIUSE is an umbrella organisation representing individuals and organisation providing vocational training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and people from other disadvantaged situations.

NIUSE also works with employers and employer’s organisations to promote employment for people with disabilities.   NIUSE can connect employers with local organisations who provide vocational training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to assist them with their recruitment and selection of staff. 


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