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.