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Remote Disability Awareness Training Programme

Remote Disability Awareness Training Programme.

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.

Disability, deserted streets and dismissive language.

Disability, deserted streets and dismissive language.

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.

Coronavirus - Disability inclusion in protecting the most vulnerable.

Coronavirus - Disability inclusion in protecting the vulnerable.

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.

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Disability and the Workplace Relations Commission

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.

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Disability Employment & The Wage Subsidy Scheme

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.

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Why is Disability Awareness Training important?

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.

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Disability Awareness Support Scheme

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.

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Benefits to Disability Awareness 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.

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