Posted 29.1.2019

A new five step recruitment guide has been launched by Disability Action and the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment. The resource ‘Employing People with Disabilities: A Positive Action Guide for Employers’ has been designed to help employers to match the right people with the right jobs, achieving positive outcomes for everyone.

The Positive Action Guide outlines the experiences from local Northern Ireland employers who already recruit disabled staff. The five step guide is easy to follow and Disability Action is happy to talk with any employer who wishes to explore positive action.


Dylan Glenholmes was successful in getting a job at Oranmore Guest House and Tea rooms with the support of Disability Action. Speaking about his job Dylan said, “I’ve now really settled in here and feel part of the team”. Fiona and Gerard McLarnon who own the business added, “Having Dylan in the workplace has also helped other staff and given us knowledge, understanding and confidence about employing someone with a disability and has helped us all encourage and support each other.”

Karen Smith, Disability Action encourages employers to take the steps towards positive action recruitment,

We want 2019 to be the year that many more employers across Northern Ireland take positive action to recruit people with disabilities. Please talk to Disability Action or the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment or your local disability organisation; we are here to support employers at each step.

The Positive Action guide is available online at or by contacting Karen Smith at Disability Action on 028 9029 7880 [email protected] or Edyth Dunlop at the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment on 028 7137 7709/ [email protected].

This recruitment guide has been produced as part of the Job Match project. This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy. It is also part funded by the Department for Communities.

Job Match is delivered by Disability Action in partnership with the Department for Communities and the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment.