The IASE works with agencies all across Ireland who are supporting more than 5,000 Irish people at works today.
Supported employment was pioneered in North America in the 1970s and ‘80s. It was initially used to support people with intellectual disabilities to find real jobs in the open labour market.
Supported employment changed the way people thought about disability and work.
It showed that with the right type of supports, everyone who wanted to, could make a meaningful and valuable contribution to the world of work.
It also proved to be a very effective means of helping employers to find good candidates to fill their job vacancies and to build diversity in their workplace.
In the late 1980s, supported employment became established in Europe.
Supported employment began to be used in all areas of disability and mental health and also to support other marginalised groups who could face barriers to employment.
National organisations, such as the IASE, were established in many European states to promote this successful and innovative support model.
In 1993, the European Union of Supported Employment was established. The EUSE is made up of national supported employment organisations from across Europe and promotes supported employment at a European level.
The IASE was founded in 1994.