Ability Focus Services
Ability Focus Services


Disability Awareness Training


At Ability Focus we passionately believe that for disability awareness training to have a genuine and meaningful impact, it should always be delivered through live training format, with an instructor delivering learning to participants. This instructor led training style encourages continuous interaction, Q&A sessions and involves interactive tasks. Our commitment to live online instructor led training is the core on which Ability Focus has established itself and is what distinguishes our programmes from many others.

Because we are an accredited training provider and our training programmes are certified, private sector companies who provide disability awareness training for their employees are eligible to apply for grant assistance under the Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS). This grant aid can cover up to 90% of the cost of the training.

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This Disability Awareness training programme gives a comprehensive overview of Disability Awareness through a live online learning platform. Programme delivery is through four x 1-hour fully interactive training sessions.

This industry leading programme has received an Endorsement Award from the IITD for excellence, best practice and innovation in learning & development, ensuring participants are delivered a training programme which has been externally reviewed and validated. It has also been independently CPD certified and accredited.

The programme aims to address myths and misconceptions that employers and employees may have around disability while enhancing knowledge of Ireland’s most diverse group. Topics covered include:

• Statistics relating to disability
• Diversity within disability
• Myths and assumptions around disability
• History of disability in Ireland
• Legislation and its relevance to disability
• Disability etiquette
• Barriers for people with disabilities
• Accessibility
• Discrimination and bias
• Creating an inclusive society
• Reasonable Accommodation and its relevance to employers.

On completion of this programme participants will have a strong foundation in understanding Disability Awareness. Participants will also have greater confidence and knowledge when engaging people with disabilities, both as service users and work colleagues.

Because this is a fully certified and accredited programme, private sector businesses will be entitled to apply for grant assistance under the Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS). This scheme covers up to 90% of the cost of training.

To find out more about this programme please contact (01) 699 1150 or email info@abilityfocus.ie

Our Live Online Disability Awareness Training Programme is now open to the public and delivered at set dates each month. This IITD endorsed, CPD accredited programme is aimed at individuals within organisations who have a specific interest in this type of training.

This training programme will be delivered throughout the year and is ideal for Disability Liaison Officers, Access Officers, HR professionals, or anyone with an interest in increasing personal or professional awareness of disability.

While some large organisations cannot commit to disability awareness training for significant numbers of employees, other small businesses may simply have one or two staff members who have an interest in this type of training. This service offering delivers our award winning, IITD endorsed disability awareness training programme to individuals and small groups.

Please contact info@abilityfocus.ie or (01) 699 1150 for information on programme dates and cost.

At Ability Focus we recognise that not all organisations can commit to a 4-hour disability awareness training programme. To ensure an effective programme delivery, we can customise our disability awareness training programmes to suit the time requirements of client organisations.

We regularly delivery 1-hour 'Introduction to Disability Awareness' programmes as well as 'Lunch and Learn' programmes with specific areas of focus.

We also adapt and deliver customised disability awareness training from 1.5 hour programmes to 3.5 hour programmes. We discuss at length the requirements and specific areas of interest for clients and format an original programme.

As well as our Online Group Training Format, programmes are delivered via our Online Webinar platform. This ensures delivery to larger groups of participants.

Please contact Ability Focus on (01) 699 1150 or email info@abilityfocus.ie to discuss a training programme to suit your organisation.

The Disability Awareness training programme gives a comprehensive overview of Disability Awareness through an interactive and informative training day. It aims to address myths and misconceptions that employers and employees may have around disability. Topics covered include statistics relating to disability, types of disabilities, myths and assumptions, legislation, disability etiquette, barriers for people with disabilities, accessibility, discrimination, government grants and creating an inclusive society. Participants will also learn about the topic of Reasonable Accommodation and its relevance to employers. This Disability Awareness training programme is aimed at:

• Organisations with front line staff who deal with the public daily.
• Organisations who have staff members with a disability.
• Organisations who have staff members who have recently acquired a disability.
• Human resource and talent acquisition teams.
• Line managers.
• Recruitment agencies.
• Public service bodies.
• Access teams.

On completion of this programme participants will have a strong foundation in understanding Disability Awareness. Participants will also have greater confidence and knowledge when engaging people with disabilities, both as service users and work colleagues.

Our Disability Awareness training programme can be tailored to specifically fit the requirements of each organisation.

Government Grant Aid for Private Sector Businesses

Private sector companies who provide Disability Awareness training for their employees may be eligible for grant assistance. This can cover up to 90% of the cost of the training. This grant is funded under The Department of Social Protection and Employment Affairs and is known as the Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS). This grant does not apply to publicly funded organisations. Further information can be found on our links page.

In order to provide the most appropriate training service for your organisation contact Ability Focus to discuss your requirements. We will ensure a tailored programme relevant to your business.

Contact info@abilityfocus.ie or (01) 699 1150 | (087) 417 0652 for details on the training programme that will suit your organisation.


Employer Supports


At Ability Focus we want to create a workspace where people are not disabled by their working environment. Through our consultancy service we provide the following:

Reasonable Accommodation Supports

We provide reasonable accommodation supports and advice to businesses, access teams, HR professionals and line managers who have recruited a staff member with a disability, or have staff returning to work after acquiring a disability or long-term illness. Our aim is to ensure best practice procedures are followed, ensuring a positive workplace environment for valued employees.

We work with organisations to develop Reasonable Accommodation Policies, and advise on the implementation of effective Reasonable Accommodation Passports.

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Disability Inclusion Policies

With over fifteen years’ experience working directly in the recruitment and supported employment sectors, we bring a wealth of experience to businesses, access teams, HR professionals and line managers.

We work with organisations to implement Disability Inclusion Policies which demonstrate a commitment to best practice disability inclusion.

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Recruitment Assistance

We advise and assist public service providers and private organisations when conducting large and small scale recruitment drives to ensure a recruitment strategy that is fully inclusive of people with disabilities.

With over fifteen years' experience working directly in recruitment and supported employment, we have expansive knowledge of effective recruitment and support strategies when positively engaging people with disabilities.

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If you are interested in finding out how Ability Focus can assist your organisation, please contact info@abilityfocus.ie or (01) 699 1150 | (087) 417 0652.


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