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Advice for parents on talking to children who may be struggling to cope

The following ten “Dos and Don’ts” were drawn up by Sarah Kendrick, head of service from children’s mental health charity Place2Be.  Please share these throughout your organisation. Do… use age-appropriate language It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about your child’s mental health – but do make sure you choose your language […]

Dress Down for Disability Day

Looking forward to our second annual Dress Down for Disability Day, 30 November 2018.  This is a vital fundraising initiative and we are so grateful to all members and their employees who participate!  Your unwavering commitment to disability and to our organisation is very much appreciated! Dress Down for Disability Day 2018 Photos of the […]

Positive Action: Recruiting and Supporting Employees with a Learning Disability

Employers for Disability NI is delighted to invite all employers to a free briefing, Positive Action: Recruiting and Supporting People with Learning Disabilities. This briefing will be delivered by Disability Action on the morning of Friday 7th December, 2018 (9.45am – 11.30am).  It will incorporate a very brief AGM and is our annual event to […]

Life expectancy of people with learning disabilities is 15-20 years shorter than average

A report by Prof Michael Marmot from the Institute for Health Equity (see press release for key findings) highlighted the shocking fact that people with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population.  He explained that this is not an inevitable consequence of their disability, rather it is a “direct […]

Disability Role Model Videos

These videos were funded by Halifax Foundation NI. Employers for Disability NI is extremely grateful to the five role models and to Ryan Hand for undertaking the interviews. Dyslexia Role Model – Geraldine O’Hagan, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Learning Disability Role Model – Paul McGowan, Mencap Sight Loss Role Model – Agnes Lunny, […]

Attitudes towards people with mental health disabilities improving

Public attitudes towards people with mental health disabilities is improving, with half as many people having negative attitudes in the 2018 Equality Commission for NI’s attitudes survey (approximately 10%) as in the 2011 survey.  This is very encouraging but there is still some way to go to challenge prejudicial and stereotypical viewpoints held by this minority section […]