AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
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Temporary Disabilities & How to Support Employees

The WAM programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers. 

When: Wednesday 3rd February from 11.30pm - 1.00pm

The WAM programme is the transition to employment initiative of AHEAD. It offers graduates with disabilities the benefit of a 6 month minimum fully paid and mentored work internships with high profile employers. WAM was established in 2005 and, to date, have placed over 500 graduates with both private and public sector employers. 

Event information 

When we think of disability, we often think of a permanent condition or illness that a person has for life, however, that’s not the case under employment equality legalisation here in Ireland. A person can become disabled temporarily for a fixed period of time, either because of an accident, an injury or a medical diagnosis. The difference with temporary disabilities is that eventually you will recover from it with the support of medical intervention.

Very often, employees may sign off on sick leave and receive state benefits for the duration however, this webinar is to inform and educate employers about what they can do under the Employment Equality Act to support employees to carry out their duties with reasonable accommodation.

This webinar will provide information on the following;

  • Dawn Bailey from Bank of Ireland will share her experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment while in the workplace.
  • Kieran O'Sullivan, Limerick University will share insights into back injuries and how best to support employees with a particular focus on remote-working.
  • AHEAD will provide attendees Top 10 Tips in how to develop a process in ensuring employees with temporary disabilities can be supported.

 Speaker Information

Dawn Bailey - Strategic Digital Transformation, Bank of Ireland

Dawn is currently working in a strategic Digital Transformation role in Bank of Ireland, having joined the bank as Head of Seniors & Vulnerable Customers in 2017. Before joining Bank of Ireland Dawn was Director of Sales and Marketing for Dublin Bus, overseeing a significant digital transformation including the development of the Dublin Bus App, the introduction of real time passenger information, the introduction of smart ticketing and customer wifi on all buses. As the most senior woman in the company she also took a lead role in supporting female progression.

A Mum of two young girls, Dawn was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer in September 2018  and underwent chemo, surgery and radiation, completing her full year of treatment in November 2019.

Kieran O'Sullivan - Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, University of Limerick

Kieran O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Limerick. His research interest is musculoskeletal pain and injury, particularly persistent spinal pain. He completed his PhD on persistent low back pain. He has published over 140 journal articles. He has obtained over 4m euros in research funding. His research group disseminates its research through www.pain-ed.com, which is an online platform providing advice and information from both patients and clinical researchers on managing musculoskeletal pain.

Caroline McGrotty - WAM Programme Coordinator, AHEAD

Caroline McGrotty holds a Bachelor degree in Deaf Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a diploma in Irish Sign Language Teaching (TCD). She also has a higher certificate in Equality Studies from UCD. Caroline has over thirteen years’ experience of working and volunteering with in the disability sector and various organisations within the Deaf community. She is currently Vice Chair on the board of Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) and the WAM Programme Coordinator for AHEAD which is a work placement programme for graduates with disabilities. 

WAM Programme Officer, Niamh Grennan, will be chairing the event, and after each presentations there will be time allocated for Q&A.

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