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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 from the public, private and voluntary sectors Covers approximately 20% of the workforce. How is EFD NI managed?.

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What is efd ni
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

How is efd ni managed
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

Efd ni services
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Member examples recruitment good practice
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

Member examples retention good practice
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 10.30 a.m., substitute teacher employed to teach earlier classes 

Member examples staff disability awareness
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


Member examples involving staff with disabilities
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