Advisory Group and Expert Providers

The Kanchi Network Advisory Group and Expert Advisors will offer expertise and advice on how to connect disability and business through business solutions and provide members of the Kanchi Network with information on services available.

Advisory Group

The Kanchi Network Advisory Group is a panel of representatives from organizations in the disability and business community who can offer expertise and advice on how to connect disability and business through business solutions. The panel convenes once a year to advise the Kanchi Network. We believe it is critical to collaborate with experts in the field of disability, ensuring that the Network’s agenda is critiqued by a group of individuals who can really challenge our plans, ensuring the Network is relevant and effective.

Expert Providers

In cases where there is already expertise in the marketplace around services or resources for business around the disability business case Kanchi will call on their preferred experts of choice. This will ensure that money is not wasted by reinventing the wheel and will enable practical partnership and collaboration across the sector.

These fantastic organisations are:

Business in the Community (BITCI)

The Chartered Institute of Personel and Development (CIPD)

Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)

European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)

Eastern Vocational Enterprises Limited (EVE)

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)

The Irish Small & Medium Business Enterprise Organisation (ISME)

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)

Small Firms Association (SFA)

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID)


Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI is a non-profit organisation specialising in advice and guidance to leading companies in Ireland on corporate responsibility and corporate community involvement. A business driven network, with major social initiatives, its membership is drawn from Ireland’s most progressive companies.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD Europe’s leading professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. With over 135,000 members, we aim to: continuously advance the management and development of people to the benefit of individuals, employers and the community at large; be the professional body for those specialising in advancing the management and development of people; be recognised as the leading authority and influence in the field of people management and development. Membership of CIPD is widely accepted by employers as a requirement and our programmes are internationally recognised. Members have access to a comprehensive range of services to assist them at all stages of their careers.

Disability Federation of Ireland

DFI is the national support organisation for voluntary disability organisations in Ireland who provide services to people with disabilities and disabling conditions, hidden, intellectual, mental health, physical, sensory, emotional, neurological. DFI represents and supports over one hundred and fifty voluntary disability organisations and groups and works to ensure that Irish society is fully inclusive of people with disabilities and disabling conditions so that they can exercise fully their civil, social and human rights.  DFI represents the disability interest in the Social Partnership process and we engage with Government on the implementation of the National Disability Strategy.

European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities

EASPD represents around 9,000 social service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems. We believe in interdependence and partnership of user organisations, providers and authorities at all levels to tackle the challenges ahead.  

Eastern Vocational Enterprises Limited

EVE provides a range of community based services on behalf of the Health Service Executive in HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster and HSE Dublin North East regions.  There are currently 22 EVE locations providing contexts for recovery in our training programmes, occupational services and clubhouses for 1,000 people annually.  The majority of people who participate in EVE’s services experience mental health difficulties requiring varying degrees of support to enable them experience productive lives in their communities. EVE also provides services for people who experience learning disabilities and a range of physical disabilities. Additionally, EVE provides a unique training service for people who experience Aspergers Syndrome.

Irish Association of Supported Employment

 IASE is a national voluntary organisation with the aim of promoting and developing supported employment through out Ireland. IASE organise structured opportunities for our members to learn from, provide members with a support service through regional networks throughout Ireland, lobby policy makers and decision makers on common critical issues, and promote supported employment through a regular newsletter, website and other publications.

The Irish Business and Employers Confederation

IBEC was formed in 1993 as a result of a merger between the Confederation of Irish Industry (CII) and the Federation of Irish Employers (FIE). With the CII, founded in 1932 and the FIE founded in 1942 we have over 75 years experience. Today, IBEC is the national umbrella organisation for business and employers in Ireland. Its policies and procedures, set by a national council and a board, are implemented by an executive management group.  At a practical level, IBEC provides its membership base of over 7000 organisations with knowledge, influence and connections. IBEC staff offer practical employer services as well as the opportunity to network and lobby at an industry level through a web of over 60 business sector associations.

The Irish Small & Medium Business Enterprise Organization

 ISME is the independent organisation for the Irish small & medium business sector, with in excess of 8,500 members nationwide.ISME offers a comprehensive range of Advisory Services and Publication, Independent Lobbying and Representation, Cost Saving Schemes, Training and Development Programmes, and Regional Networking Events designed to enhance the day-to-day running of members’ businesses. The tax-deductible membership is a cost-effective way for SME owner/managers to network with like-minded business people and to be continually updated on issues that impact on their business.

The Irish Wheelchair Association

IWA was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland. IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Today, our association is made up of a vibrant network of 20,000 members and 2,300 staff, as well as many dedicated volunteers. Together we work to achieve greater independence, freedom and choice for people living with a disability.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

The RIAI is the Regulatory and support body for Architects in Ireland. Support services are also provided for architectural Technicians. Although the RIAI carries out a statutory function as the Registration Body and Competent Authority for Architects in Ireland this is carried out on an entirely self-funding basis. The RIAI does not receive any Government Funding or State Aid for this Statutory Function

Since 1839 the RIAI has been committed to upholding the highest standards in architecture and providing impartial and authorative advice and information in issues affecting architects, the built environment and society. RIAI works to maintain and develop an environment in which good architecture and a quality built environment can be delivered by architects to the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefit of Ireland.

The Small Firms Association

SFA is the national organisation exclusively representing the needs of small enterprises (i.e. those employing less than 50 employees) in Ireland. The SFA is funded directly through subscription fees from its 7,500 member companies. SFA interacts with government and with key decision-makers at all levels to ensure that the economic environment is conducive to small business establishment and development. The SFA secures the best deal for small firms by providing dedicated professional support and by offering an unparalleled range of services to members, including economic, commercial, employee relations and social affairs advice and assistance.

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability

NIID at Trinity College Dublin works to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in society and equip them with the opportunities and skills to have a voice, be self determining and participate without stigma in an equal and inclusive Ireland.  Through activities in education, research and advocacy the NIID builds connections between people with intellectual disabilities, family members, policy makers, businesses, academics and disability professionals.