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Disability Awareness Support Scheme

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Disability Awareness Support Scheme is

The Disability Awareness Support Scheme provides a maximum of €20,000 funding for private sector employers to arrange and pay for disability awareness training for staff who work with a colleague who has a disability.

The training should provide clear and accurate information to employers and employees about working with people with disabilities.

The training should be aimed at providing those taking part with an understanding and awareness of the issues surrounding disability. Also an overview of relevant anti-discrimination and equal opportunities legislation.

It should also provide specific information on:

  • disabilities and abilities focusing on mobility and sensory issues
  • perceptual awareness exercises that aim to dispel common myths
  • disability etiquette to clarify appropriate language and behavior

The training should include information on dealing with mental health issues in the workplace.

Grants available to private companies

    First year that a company applies 90% of eligible training costs up to a maximum of €20,000
    Second and further years apply 80% of eligible training costs up to a maximum of €20,000 in any one calendar year

Eligible costs include:

  • fees paid for external disability awareness training programmes or courses
  • fees for in-house disability awareness training by external trainers
  • fees for open learning, computer or web-based disability awareness training programmes

Other costs included in the scheme are learning materials clearly associated with the relevant training programme, to a maximum of €650.

This includes:

  • manuals
  • books
  • DVDs

Apply

To apply, please contact a Case Officer at your local Intreo Centre.

Contact details for APs with Responsibility for Disability Employment Supports

For information on the Disability Awareness Scheme, please contact your local AP.

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