Organisations in Ireland that assist migrants, refugees or people in Direct Provision

According to the Irish Times "There are more than 8,200 adults and children living in direct provision and emergency accommodation centres. These include 5,116 adults and 1,784 children in direct provision with an additional 1,186 adults and 174 children in emergency accommodation centres." The latest CSO figures suggest there are more than 650,000 migrants currently … Continue reading Organisations in Ireland that assist migrants, refugees or people in Direct Provision

Irish fashion brands in the Diversity and Inclusion Sector

London Fashion week is taking place this week. However, the Irish fashion market has never been stronger. One of the breakout areas within this market has been local, sustainable, ethically sourced brands and/or brands in the disability or female empowerment sector. These are just a selection of some of the biggest brands in this area … Continue reading Irish fashion brands in the Diversity and Inclusion Sector

International Womens Day – Irish companies advancing female empowerment in the workplace

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. In recent years a number of organisations have been created or continued in Ireland in order to advance women in the workplace and break the glass ceilings that previously existed. Here are just a selections of these companies: … Continue reading International Womens Day – Irish companies advancing female empowerment in the workplace

The Reding Academy – Providing extra resource to children who have difficulty reading

With over 30 years of teaching between them, it was while itching in a special school for children with dyslexia Sarah Lumsden Watchorn and Sarah Dieck Maguire saw how many children with dyslexia needed extra resources, but nothing was available on the market. That inspired them to create The Reading Academy – an online educational … Continue reading The Reding Academy – Providing extra resource to children who have difficulty reading

Peer.ie – An incusive asstitive technology company for people with dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities

Graham Brocklebank went back to college in his late twenties too study, only to realise that the text to speech and speech to text software he needed hadn’t advanced whatsoever since he had last been in education. As he was studying Computer science in mobile application, he put together an app that helped him with … Continue reading Peer.ie – An incusive asstitive technology company for people with dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities

Professor Tom Cooney – Providing entrepreneurial courses for underpresented groups

Professor Tom Cooney is one of the biggest supporters of Diversity and Inclusion in entrepreneurship in Ireland today. Through his experience over 15 years specialising in working with minority communities, he and his team have provided entrepreneurial courses for underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, immigrants to Ireland, ex-offenders and at-risk youth. He believes … Continue reading Professor Tom Cooney – Providing entrepreneurial courses for underpresented groups

Connect4Work Connecting those who have taken time off due to medical leave with the right job, not any job

Mary Finn started Connect4Work having run a pilot programme for people returning to work following illness or being on medical leave. It was here that she saw the need for greater compassion and understanding from employers and the need to boost the confidence and self belief of the potential employee. Looking at getting them the … Continue reading Connect4Work Connecting those who have taken time off due to medical leave with the right job, not any job

The Sensory Pod – selling sensory room to everyone from Irish schools to Middle Eastern Royal Families

Having left school at 14, Robert Byrne had several unique and interesting careers, before putting together a Sensory Room for his autistic son, he put an image on social media and was blown away from the response of other parents wanting one in their house. After deciding to create a company, he stepped away from … Continue reading The Sensory Pod – selling sensory room to everyone from Irish schools to Middle Eastern Royal Families

Her Sport – seeking equality and promoting female sport in Ireland

. In January 2020, Niamh Tallon and Mohammed Mahomed created Her Sport. A website dedicated to the promotion of female sports. Since then they have amassed a huge social media following, created a magazine and developed partnerships with the likes of Life Style Sports. I caught up with Niamh Tallon to find out more about … Continue reading Her Sport – seeking equality and promoting female sport in Ireland

Top Tips for job interviews (in person and virtual)

Nobody likes job interviews. It's particularly difficult for those that are neurodivergent. It gets even more complicated when you add in virtual interviews which are commonplace now. Having done 135 interviews in 10 years (which shakes out to be over 1 a month), you pick up a few hints and tricks. So to play it … Continue reading Top Tips for job interviews (in person and virtual)

21 Award Winning Irish entrepreneurs who have a disability

It's 2021's International People's With Disabilities Day. According to the 2016 census there are 643,131 people in Ireland diagoised with a disability. That doesn't include conditions such as neurodiversity where people can go undiagonised well into adulthood. It's often said "if you can't see it, you can't be it", so far aspiring Fionn Crombie Angus … Continue reading 21 Award Winning Irish entrepreneurs who have a disability

AsIAm – One of Ireland’s most successful social enterprises

AsIAm is Ireland’s National Austitic Charity. It’s actually an acronym that stands for Ausitic Spectrum Information Advice and Meeting point. It advocates for it’s community by supporting Autistic people and their families and by advocating for their community in the media and with businesses, employers and local communities. Now 8 years old, AsIAm is one … Continue reading AsIAm – One of Ireland’s most successful social enterprises