Ability Focus has been Ireland's leading provider of disability awareness training for over 4 years and during this period it's been great to see more organisations consider disability awareness training as a key first step in creating disability inclusive workspaces.
Ability Focus is proud to be recognised as Ireland's leading provider of disability awareness training.
The CSO is Ireland's national statistics office. Statistics from the CSO inform decision making areas across a range of areas.
The Ability Focus team are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a Global Solutions Partner for The Valuable 500.
Ability Focus is Ireland's leading provider of disability awareness training, delivering training to many of Ireland's best organisations through high impact & contemporary live online programmes.
Did you know there is a government rebate scheme called the Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS) which will reimburse private sector employers 90% of the cost of disability awareness training?
Ability Focus had the honour of delivering disability awareness training to staff from Longford County Council throughout 2022, when we delivered our programme to a hugely engaged group of Longford County Council Elected Representatives.
We are delighted to announce that our Managing Director, Stephen Kelly, has just won Newstalk Business Person of the Month for September 2022. This award is sponsored by Eversheds Sutherlands LLP (Ireland).
In the fourth instalment of our Client Profile Series for 2022 we profile The HRB. The Health Research Board is a State Agency under the Department of Health. They support & fund health & social care research & provide evidence to inform policy & practice.
At Ability Focus, we are absolutely delighted to announce our fledgling partnership with An Post to deliver disability awareness training to staff from across the entire An Post organisation beginning in 2022.
In the third instalment of our Client Profile Series for 2022 we profile CNP Santander Insurance. CNP Santander Insurance is an international insurance company established in Ireland & operating with authorisation by the Central Bank of Ireland since 2011.
In the second instalment of our Client Profile Series for 2022 we profile the Personal Injuries Assessment Board. The PIAB is Ireland's independent state body which assesses personal injury compensation.
It is with the best intentions that we plan to take the time to sit down and write News Articles for our website, but the best intentions don't always translate into actionable results... so our News Articles section of the website has been gathering dust as of late.
In their newly published Annual Report for 2020, The Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC) stated that 35% of all complaints made under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 - 2015 were related to disability discrimination.
There are 1.3 billion people in the world living with a disability. This is the largest minority group on the planet. In Ireland there are well over 650,000 people living with a disability.
As L&D specialists we must also ask ourselves, how confident are we when it comes to our own awareness of disability? Do we know the appropriate terms to use when delivering training?
There are 1.3 billion people in the world living with a disability. This is the largest minority group on the planet. In the Republic of Ireland there are well over 640,000 people living with a disability.
Screen Skills Ireland is the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, the national development agency for the creative screen industry.
The Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage is the department whose role is to ensure the effective planning of well-planned homes & support effective local government.
With the government's latest announcement, once again we slip into the categorisation of society. Young people, elderly people, transport users, office workers, pub owners, school children.
The Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission have published their Annual Report for 2019. The report makes for interesting reading when looking at the statistics relating to disability.
Here at Ability Focus, we wholeheartedly welcome the inclusion of disability in the newly restructured 'Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration'. This is a most significant step, continuing the upward trend of rights recognition for people with disabilities in Ireland.
While inclusion of people with disabilities in Irish workplaces is obviously the right thing to do, employers, human resource and talent acquisition teams must change this narrative and start taking the view that employment of this untapped talent pool is much more than an exercise in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Since Ability Focus offered our free services through Linkedin, email and other platforms a number of weeks ago, we have been working with several organisations to assist them and their staff members with disabilities with change management during this incredibly difficult time.
There are many barriers faced by people with disabilities when seeking employment. According to the social model of disability, disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than focusing on someone's impairments/differences, while current employment practices enable most, they certainly disable others.
Ability Focus are delighted to announce the launch of our Remote Disability Awareness Training Programme. Remote or online Disability Awareness training is when the trainer facilitates a training session with a dispersed workforce who are at a number of different locations.
This will all be over, eventually. Life will return to whatever the new normal will be. Those of us tasked with working from home will return to the office. The cafes, restaurants and bars will reopen. The barbers will have queues of young lads outside waiting to get their first 'fade out' in weeks.
The irony of us all having to pull together by staying apart is not lost on the majority of the Irish people. We are a small country that thrives on physical, social and emotional contact. But government instruction and medical advice requests us all to keep a little distance, just for a little while at least.
As Development Manager with North Leinster Citizens Information Service I acted as an Advocacy Case Manager where I was lucky enough to manage a fantastic team. With the assistance of Advocacy Support Workers, these dedicated Officers engaged in complex advocacy for Citizens Information clients.
For over 9 years I worked with EmployAbility Service, Ireland's national employment provider for people with disabilities. In this time, I worked both as Employment Facilitator and Company Coordinator and had the opportunity to work in rural & urban settings with employers from a variety of backgrounds.
Over the course of the coming weeks, I will write a number of brief articles referencing the importance as well as benefits to society of increasing knowledge around greater disability awareness. Disability Awareness Training is a key tool for organisations in increasing their knowledge base around disabilities.
Continuing with the focus on the importance of Disability Awareness training for organisations, The Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS) is a scheme whereby private sector employers that provide disability awareness training for staff can apply for a grant which can cover 90% of the cost of the training.
While a good training programme should obviously result in greater overall awareness from business owners, line management, human resource teams and general staff when it comes to engaging disabled people, there are other, more specific benefits which will be looked at here.