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What is EFD NI? A not-for-profit organisation Formed, managed and funded by employers Member employers commit to good disability practice Almost 80 members.

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2 What is EFD NI? A not-for-profit organisation Formed, managed and funded by employers Member employers commit to good disability practice Almost 80 members from the public, private and voluntary sectors Covers approximately 20% of the workforce

3 How is EFD NI managed? President - John West, Head of Business Improvement, Ulster Bank Group Board of Directors meet quarterly Chaired by Alan McCully, Personnel Manager, Translink Board develops action plans, reviews progress and responds to member employers’ needs Takes advice from disability organisations, business groups and legal profession

4 EFD NI Services A tailored one-to-one service for member employers and employees, e.g. Member has employee with dyslexia EFD NI: liaised with British Dyslexia Association contacted employers with similar experience identified appropriate professional for assessment provided details of DEL programmes

5 EFD NI Services On-line Jobs Bulletin Board Disability Mediation Service Member-only area of our website training materials on-line disability awareness briefing fact sheets Monthly Disability Discrimination Act case law update Member Network Meetings

6 EFD NI Services Disability awareness training materials for members, e.g. “Enabled” video and guide Presentation Material DDA Case Studies Disability awareness training sessions for members, e.g. CCMS training for all Head Teachers and Boards of Governors Chairs NI Policing Board Briefings for volunteers

7 EFD NI Services Partnership initiatives, e.g. DDA Case Law Seminar Sensory Impairment Awareness Training Recruitment and Retention Seminar RNID research with employers World of Work Event, e.g. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Mencap Action Mental Health Seminar

8 EFD NI Services Keeps members up-to-date on disability policies and services Sign-posts to disability services providers Facilitates partnership working between members Facilitates sharing of information and resources amongst members Obtains discounts for members on publications and services

9 Member Examples: Recruitment Good Practice Ballymena Borough Council - linked with schools, colleges and disability training providers to offer meaningful, relevant work placements to suit a wide range of interests and abilities BBC - annual programme for disabled people to give experience in media industry Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards – ring fenced Clerical Officer Post, contacted The Cedar Foundation, explored placement of a suitably qualified person, facilitated disability awareness training, at end of placement permanent post offered

10 Member Examples: Retention Good Practice DETI - surveyed staff to invite requests for adjustments, obtain feedback from disabled employees, invite suggestions for good disability practice, identify barriers Translink - employee developed hearing impairment, Health and Safety guidelines excluded him from job on railway tracks, liaised with employee and agreed transfer to ticket kiosk job CCMS - due to disability secondary school teacher allowed to start work at a.m., substitute teacher employed to teach earlier classes

11 Member Examples: Staff Disability Awareness NI Policing Board - provided disability awareness training to all employees: Senior Personnel - In-depth Legislative Obligations and Case Law General Staff and Volunteers - Legislative Briefing and Disability Awareness Training DETI - series of factsheets, e.g. Mental Health and employment

12 Member Examples: Involving Staff with Disabilities Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Disabled Employee Network to facilitate: Discussion of disability issues Undertaking initiatives Supported by DARD Managed by staff with disabilities


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