The benefits of hiring people with a disability was a topic of interest recently as the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce partnered with the IASE to welcome IASE patron Sean Gallagher to speak at a business networking lunch in the Lyrath Estate Hotel.
The group, made up mainly of businesses in Kilkenny, were motivated by Mr Gallagher’s speech which concentrated on making the most of what you have and challenged all to see the ability in business and to see the positive effect that hiring someone with a disability can have on their business.
Also speaking at the event were Kilkenny Chamber president John Purcell, IASE chairwoman Teresa Mallon, PWC shareholder and manager Siobhan Collier and IASE South East representative Pamela Mansell, all of whom discussed the business case for hiring people with a disability and giving insight to the difference supported employment makes to the life of someone with a disability.
Later that day the IASE Job Shadow Initiative Presentation took place in the Lyrath. Over 30 people in the Kilkenny region from services such as Access Supported Employment, KASES, TASK and Rehabcare took part in the presentation and were presented with JSI certificates from Mr Gallagher. There were also employers including An Garda Síochána, Stonehouse Books, Pamela Scott, Department of Patents, PWC, Health Express and VHI, who had taken part in the JSI who received IASE plaques for partaking in the day and spoke of how much they had taken from the day.