"Making public services accessible and employing people with disabilities" Conference 2012

Our conference “Making public services accessible and employing people with disabilities” took place on Wednesday, 27th June, in the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin. The morning session focused on accessible public services, and the afternoon session on employment of people with disabilities in the public sector. The conference was aimed at:

  • Government Departments and public bodies, including local authorities
  • Access Officers
  • Disability Liaison Officers, Equality officers and Human Resources staff in the public sector
  • Monitoring Committees for Part 5 of the Disability Act
  • Disability organisations
  • Public sector trade unions.
Agenda for “Making public services accessible and employing people with disabilities” conference
9:00amRegistration; coffee and tea
9:30amWelcomeSiobhan Barron, Director, National Disability Authority
9:45amSpeechMr Brendan Howlin T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
10:00amSession 1: “Making public services accessible”Chair: Tony Buckley, Regional Director, Revenue
10:05am“Universal access to public services”Brian O’Connell, B.Arch.BLFRIAIRIBA, Architect, Director, O’Connell Mahon Architects
10:35am“How we made our services accessible”
10:55amAccessibility ToolkitAlan Dalton, Accessibility Development Advisor, Access Officer, National Disability Authority
11:15amCoffee and tea
11:45amBuilding for Everyone: a Universal Design ApproachNeil Murphy, Senior Design Built Environment Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
12:05pmDisability equality training eLearningShane Hogan, Senior Standards Officer, National Disability Authority
12:25pmQuestions and answers
12:40pmSit-down lunch
2:00pmWelcomeEithne Fitzgerald, Head of Policy and Research, National Disability Authority
2:10pmSession 2: “Employing people with disabilities”Chair: Marion Wilkinson, Senior Policy & Public Affairs Advisor, National Disability Authority
2:15pm“Work without limits”Denis Casey, Equality Officer, Dublin City Council
2:30pm“A new lease of life in the Public Service—a personal history”Fergus Synnott, Cabra Area Manager, Dublin City Council
2:35pmProject Search: an employer-led internship model for people with intellectual disabilitiesLiz Garnham, Trainer in Systematic Instruction, Project Search UK
3:05pm“Teagasc: a retention case study”Vanessa Bailey, HR Officer—Knowledge Transfer & Operations, Teagasc
3:25pm“Positive work experiences for people with mental health issues”Teresa Mallon, National Executive Chairperson, IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment)
3:45pm“National Disability Authority — Supports to public bodies to achieve the 3% target”Niamh Fawl, Policy & Public Affairs Advisor, National Disability Authority
4:05pmQuestions and answers
4:35pmClosing remarksDr Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

Watch the presentations from this conference

  1. Session 1: “Making public services accessible”

  2. Session 2: “Employing people with disabilities”