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Employment supports for people with disabilities

Find out what services are available to those living with a disability in employment


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If you have a disability and you are looking for support in finding employment, or in making your workplace more accessible, there are a number of services and grants available to help you. 

Services that support people with disabilities in employment

There are a number of services there to support you when looking for work or while working as someone with a disability. 

EmployAbility

If you have a disability and want to take up or find a job, you might be able to get help from the EmployAbility Service. EmployAbility offers career advice, helps you identify your skills and assists you with finding suitable jobs. They also offer employment support after you find a job, including help with integrating into a new place of work and ongoing support if needed.

EmployAbility also offer job coaching, including services help with:

  • Identifying what skills you have
  • Finding suitable employment that suits your needs and abilities
  • Drawing up a career plan based on your own ambitions
  • Planning the on-the-job supports you’ll need
  • Developing the skills you’ll need to do the job well.

Find out more about the EmployAbility Service here.

Grants to support people with disabilities in employment

There are a number of grants available for those with disabilities who need support.

Workplace Adaptation Grant

If you have a disability and you require a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment in order to do your job, a grant is available for employers. You can apply for this grant if you have been offered a job or an apprenticeship in the private sector and require adapted equipment or premises to undertake the duties required. You can also apply for this grant if you have a job in the private sector and have recently changed jobs as a result of redeployment or promotion and require adaptations to equipment or premises to undertake the duties required. You may also apply for this grant if you are about to become self-employed.

Find out more about the Workplace Adaptation Grant.

Personal Reader Grant

If you need assistance with reading at work, you may be able to apply for a Personal Reader Grant. This will allow you to employ someone part-time to help you with reading when you’re on the job. The grant covers a personal reader for a maximum of 640 hours of work a year, paid at the national minimum wage.

Find out how to get a Personal Reader Grant.

Support for graduates

Heading into the working world after graduating from college can be daunting, but there is support out there for people with disabilities.

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM)

Willing Able Mentoring is a work placement programme for graduates with disabilities. It aims to connect graduates with disabilities with the labour market and help employer’s improve their ability to integrate disability into the workplace.

Find out more about Willing Able Mentoring.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published Octo­ber 6th2014
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