Useful Disability and Workplace related Materials and Supports

Useful supports and materials include:

  • Supports available for the employment of People with Disabilities - full information here
  • Employer Disability Information Service - here
  • Negotiating disability in the Workplace - a Congress guide;
  • Revised code of practice for trade unions on disability to include specific reference to issue of mental health
  • Shorter "Be Reasonable" document
  • ILO Code of Practice;
  • NDA guidance on retention of people at work following the acquisition of a disability; Full guide here
  • Equality Commission Northern Ireland - Guide to employing people with Autism here
  • Supporting Nurses and Midwifery Students in Clinical Practice - UCD - here

Disability issues at Congress BDC

July 2013 - Deirdre O Connor addressed conference on behalf of the Disability Committee Congress and Disability issues and the following motion on Equality was debated and passed.

July 2015 - Claire Mahon addressed conference on behalf of the Committee and you can see more here

Workway:

Workway Project Logo In April 2005, Minister for Labour Affairs, Mr. Tony Killeen TD, launched the IBEC/ICTU Joint Employment Guidelines for People with Disabilities. The Employment Guidelines were the central outcome of the Workway Initiative, an IBEC/ICTU disability project.  The suite of materials developed through the project include a

  • Guide for Job Seekers with Disabilities,
  • Employment guidelines best practice document
  • Ability in the Workplace - a disability training template,
  • and The Way Ahead – A Workway policy document, which notes that resolving some of the main barriers faced by people with disabilities relies on Government action to remove the benefits / poverty traps people with disabilities face on taking up lower paid job opportunities .

Workway was established in 2001 under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness to raise awareness and address barriers to the employment of people with disabilities in the private sector.  Funded by the FÁS and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment under the NDP, Workway was the first employer and union led Partnership initiative in Europe to examine the reasons behind the high levels of unemployment among people with disabilities in the private sector.  The materials developed by Workway represent a comprehensive and relevant resource, providing practical and user friendly information on different aspects of disability and employment and related services and, are intended to provide solutions to the barriers and problems encountered by people with disabilities, in accessing as well as within the workplace. 

 

 

Minister Lynch at launchMinister Kathleen Lynch at launch of revised code of practice for trade unions on disability issues (John Chaney)Congress (12th October 2011) launches revised code of practice for trade unions on disability to include specific reference to issue of mental health.

Issuu book version available here

OECD Mental Health and Work project

Disability in the Labour Market - info from QNHS 2010

People with a disability are substantially less likely to be active in the labour market and are more likely to experience discrimination.

In 2010, working-age people with a disability were less than half as likely to be active in the labour market (36% compared to 77% of other adults) and had a considerably higher unemployment rate (22% compared to 16% of other adults) than those without a disability, according to a new report published in January 2013 by the ESRI and the Equality Authority.