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Launch of Towards Work

Towards Work - Your journey to employment. www.towardswork.ie supported by Pobal, Dormant Accounts Fund, Open Doors Initiative

Please join us!

We would like to invite you to join us at the official launch of Towards Work on Thursday the 23rd of September at 11am. There will be a panel of speakers who will share their experiences of finding work, accessing education and starting their own businesses as people with disabilities.

The event will be held on Zoom, with live captioning (courtesy of Ai-Media) and an Irish Sign Language interpreter on the day. If you require any specific accessibility accommodations, please let us know by emailing info@towardswork.ie

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Speaker Biographies

Minister Anne Rabbitte TDMinister Anne Rabbitte TD

Anne Rabbitte TD is Minister of State with responsibility for Disability at the Department of Health and the Department of Justice and Equality. She was appointed to this role in July 2020. She hails from a small town in the west of Ireland, Portumna, Co Galway.

A widowed mother to three children in second level education, she has been a TD for the Galway East constituency since the 2016 general election. She was a member of Galway County Council from 2014 to 2016. In May 2016, she was appointed to the Fianna Fáil front bench as Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs.

Anne worked for 25 years for a financial institution and is a qualified financial adviser. For 3 years, Anne ran a community childcare facility.

Minister Anne Rabbitte TD's website


Tracey McCannTracey McCann

Meet Tracey McCann, a woman who is living a successful, happy and free life, because she made a choice to continue going on, she chose to continue being her best, she chose to help herself and other people who came across her path.

As a girl, she faced various traumas before her life even began. Going from that to truly discover the meaning of inner strength, resilience and endurance, before she even properly understood their definitions. As a girl she had every reason to give up, and more times than not she truly wanted to. Ultimately however, she knew deep down that there was no option but to continue moving forward, and never give up.

Tracey McCann is now giving a Voice to the Voiceless.

Tracey's passion has always been and continues to be the service of others, assisting all to feel more connected with themselves and the world around them. She also assists others in gaining that much needed self confidence, and also, to live the life that they deserve.

Tracey McCann's Website


Stephen CluskeyStephen Cluskey

Stephen Cluskey is an internationally certified accessibility expert, an award-winning tech entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of the leading global standard company for hotel and facilities accessibility, Mobility Mojo.

Stephen is considered a thought leader in accessibility. His company’s software has been implemented in some of the most famous enterprises on the planet and global leaders including Sir Richard Branson have publicly spoken about Stephen and his work.

Having suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury at the age of just 18, which left Stephen paralysed from the neck down, he supports businesses to think differently about diversity and inclusion, and the accessibility opportunity.

Stephen Cluskey's Website


Blessing DadaBlessing Dada

Blessing, from Dublin, Ireland, is an award-winning mental health writer, speaker & content creator/blogger, who’s an outspoken passionate activist on various social justice issues, especially on the intersectionality of mental health awareness.

Accompanied with her own lived experiences with all things mental health, chronic illnesses and disability, she raises awareness of perspectives for Black & other ethnic minority communities in Ireland. She is also a passionate student and work as a Youth Support Worker for the Youth & Community Development sector. She regularly speaks up on social media and in the media about mental health related issues and has been featured on The Selfie Show with Lust for Life , New York Times and Image Magazine. Being involved with numerous organizations, such as SpunOut.ie and Seechange.ie , she can be found participating in various projects, podcasts & writing to spread awareness: through empathy and education.

Blessing Dada's Website


Cllr Carly BaileyCllr Carly Bailey

Carly Bailey is a Social Democrats Councillor on South Dublin County Council. Carly graduated from Trinity College as an Access student in 2019 with a degree in Law and Political Science and this year, graduated with a Masters in Equality Studies from UCD. Carly is a disabled woman who has been actively involved in campaigning for disability rights for many years. In particular around the provision of supports through community services for children with additional needs, special education provision and access to education for disabled adults.

Cllr Carly Bailey's profile on Social Democrats website


 

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