Employing people with autism – a brief guide for employers
People with autism have much to offer the world of work, and can benefit greatly from it. It is essential that they are provided with the support and reasonable adjustments necessary to enable them to realise their full potential.
We have produced a brief guide (pdf) for employers and employees across Northern Ireland which aims to encourage more employment for people with autism.
A Picture of Caring
A Picture of Caring (pdf), produced in partnership with Carers Northern Ireland, tells the stories of eight inspiring individuals. Each highlights the significant issues that affect the life experiences of carers which are over and above their own day-to-day responsibilities.
Transgender - health & social care
During our engagement with the trans sector in 2013 trans people highlighted negative experiences when accessing health and social care services. A report by the Institute for Conflict Research, “Healthcare Issues for Transgender People Living in Northern Ireland” reinforces that these experiences are often discriminatory and that service delivery falls short.
Key issues for trans people when accessing healthcare services include a lack of knowledge on the part of professionals, the use of inappropriate pronouns or former names and the offer of inappropriate services or the refusal of services. A joint guide by GIRES, the Gender Identity Research and Education Society, and UNISON, the public sector trade union aims to help health care staff provide trans people with the respectful and appropriate care they are entitled to.
This video by Youthnet helps to explain some of the barriers young trans people and their parents face when accessing health care services.
We will be commissioning new research to update our key inequalities statement in relation to health and social care which will inform policy in this area.
Every year we see a small but steady number of cases against health and social care providers in the public and private sectors, both as employers and as suppliers of care services. Some recent cases are as follows:
We publish outlines of cases resolved each year in legal cases archive on section of the website.