NATIONAL BEST PRACTICE AWARDS
Award winners announced at City Hall ceremony
The winners of the National Best Practice Awards 2013 across seven categories were announced at a special awards ceremony in City Hall, Dublin, on Tuesday, December 3.
The awards, organised by the IASE, celebrate the inclusion of people with disabilities in Irish workplaces.
Special guests at the ceremony included Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, leading entrepreneur and businessman Padraig O Ceidigh and disability campaigner Deputy Simon Harris.
Speaking in City Hall, Mr. O Ceidigh, who was announced at the ceremony as the new IASE patron, said: "We're celebrating success here today. I believe success is not about what you have but about who you are. We are a community working together to make a difference. Together, we can grow, develop and make Ireland the country we want it to be."
Irish TV were media partners for the event and filmed a special television news feature, which will be broadcast on their channel shortly. More details to follow.
Nominations came in from all over the country for the award categories and an independent panel of adjudicators, made up of professionals from across the non-profit and private sector, both at home and abroad, judged the winners.
The special category, Outstanding Achievement, was awarded by the IASE National Executive.
Here are the winners of this year's awards. The following employers, employees, services and IASE members were recognised as 'champions of supported employment' for their achievements and successes during 2013, which promoted equal employment and inclusion for people with disabilities in Irish workplaces.
Read more about each of the winners and runners-up by clicking on the award category.
Access Supported Employment Service
Porter House Group
Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny
Employed by St. Conleth's & Mary Primary School, Presentation Primary School and Ashling Nursing Home, and supported by Kare
Employed by Gillespie's Supervalu, Baltinglass, and supported by Kare
Employed by Tesco, Edenderry, and supported by Kare
St. Canice Co-Ed Primary School, Kilkenny
STEP Supported Employment
Read more about each award category here.
Read more about IASE Best Practice Standards
The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) has, in association with national supported employment organisations throughout Europe, developed a quality standards document. You can read the document here: http://www.euse.org/quality-standards