Upcoming event: An evening with Christy Lynch - Open Employment Expert


DSAQ are excited to announce that we will be hosting an interactive discussion evening with Christy Lynch.

Christy is nationally and internationally recognised for his pioneering work in achieving integrated employment for individuals with a disability.  He has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of equal employment opportunities, not only in Ireland, but also throughout Europe, the Far East and South America running seminars and lectures to professionals, academics, parents and umbrella organisations in such countries as Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Portugal, Spain, Holland, Germany, France, Denmark, Romania, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Russia, Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.   

The discussion evening will cover:  an overview of the model of open labour market employment with support for people with intellectual disabilities. It will include information on the history and values of this approach, effective assessment and job matching, how to convince employers and the role of the job coach.  There will plenty of time for questions and answers. 

Christy is a very passionate and dynamic speaker who will inspire you.

Date: Friday 11th May

Time:  6pm-8pm

Venue: DSAQ conference room - 282 Stafford Rd, Stafford

Cost: Free to DSAQ members | $10.00 for non-members

RSVPs are required by Wednesday 9th May.

For more information and to download the registration/payment form please see the event entry.



More about Christy:

Christy began his career in the field of Intellectual Disability in 1976.   He then went on to train as an Occupational Therapist and qualified in 1980. He worked for eight years as an Occupational Therapist in the field of Intellectual Disability in the greater Dublin area until 1988.


In 1988, Christy set up and managed the first Open Employment Programme for people with severe intellectual disabilities in Ireland. This innovative project pioneered the concept of Open Employment in Ireland and succeeded in introducing twenty four individuals with severe intellectual disabilities into paid jobs in regular businesses.


Subsequently, Christy went on to be a Founder Member of the European Union of Open Employment and was President for several years. He is also the Founder of the Irish Union of Supported (Open) Employment, a Member of the Board of the World Association of Supported (Open) Employment.


After completing a very successful three year project, Christy went on to work as an Area Manager for the National Rehabilitation Board. In April, 1992 he went to work as Chief Executive Officer for KARE in County Kildare.  KARE, Promoting Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities provides a comprehensive range of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in County Kildare, East Offaly and West Wicklow. KARE currently has one of the most progressive Open Employment Programmes for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Ireland today.


In 1995 he was awarded an International Award for Community Integration and Employment by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Foundation on Mental Retardation.   He was also the first international recipient of the Kennedy Foundation International Policy Fellowship on Disability.   He has been actively involved with the European Disability Forum, the European Commission and with the European Parliament on Disability Employment Policy for several years.   Christy also founded the Best Buddies Programme in Ireland and is Chairperson of the Board.   He has served on the Board of Best Buddies International and also the National Disability Authority and the National Council of Special Education here in Ireland.  He is currently Chairperson of the Board of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and is Vice-Chairperson of the Equality Authority in Ireland.  In 2008, Christy was seconded to manage the national project for the Health Service Executive on De-Institutionalisation.

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