‘‘Thinking Your Way to Success in Business”

November 3, 2014

IASE Open Door Project together with EmployAbility Roscommon invite Owner/ Managers, CEO’s, Supervisors, HR professionals from key businesses in the Roscommon region to a breakfast briefing on Tuesday 11th November 2014 8.00 – 9.30am in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. (Tea/Coffee and Scones from 7.45am).

Keynote speaker is Maurice Knightly.

Keynote speaker Maurice Knightly, Entrepreneurial Specialist at UCD Innovation Academy and formerly Deputy Managing Director of O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar franchise will provide insights from his experiences and share some novel business and product development techniques required to build and maintain a strong business performance.

Maurice studied design thinking and business modelling at The UCD Innovation Academy and subsequently became the Entrepreneurial Specialist there. Previously he was Deputy Managing Director of the O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar franchise, optimising customer experience across 282 outlets in 10 countries. He sits on the boards of several companies in food, catering, charity and media bringing his expertise in solving customer problems and service design. He has just returned from an enterprise design project with disadvantaged rural communities in Lesotho, South Africa.

Eithne Jarrett, EmployAbility Roscommon will speak to employers to highlight the supports which are available to your business; job coaching, disability awareness training, the availability of grants and assistive technologies which can be used in the workplace.  These supports can be used to remove barriers and obstacles not only for new employees but for existing employees with a disability within your business, thus enabling the employee to deliver and perform to a high standard in the workplace.

The IASE Job Shadow Awards 2014 will also be presented to participants and employers following the breakfast briefing.

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact

Geraldine Grady, Employment Development Officer,

Irish Association for Supported Employment (IASE)

Mobile 086 4119230 Email geraldine.grady@iase.ie  Website www.iase.ie

About Open Door

Open Door in an IASE initiative aimed at Employers in the BMW region, it is an awareness project to encourage employers to consider people with disabilities when recruiting and aims to place 60 people with disabilities into employment by April 2015 through working in conjunction with supported employment services.

About IASE www.iase.ie

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment) is a national voluntary organisation which was established in February 1994 with the aim of promoting and developing supported employment throughout Ireland.  IASE is the representative voice of almost 900 members in Ireland who in turn works with over 5,000 people with disabilities who are receiving supports through a range of supported employment initiatives.  The organisation is currently funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government & Social Protection under the SSNO and Disability Activation Programme managed by Pobal.

About EmployAbility Roscommon www.rosemp.ie

EmployAbility Roscommon provides a range of individualised supports for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. The service is funded by the Department of Social Protection. The organisation provides supports to People with disabilities in County Roscommon who are seeking employment and Employers both private and public who are looking for reliable motivated employees.


Open door is a Disability Activation Project co-funded by the EU under the European Social Fund (Human Capital Investment Operation Programme 2007 – 2013) and the Irish Government through the Department of Social Protection and Pobal.

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