The Disability Awareness Support Scheme
The Disability Awareness Support Scheme provides funding so that private sector employers can buy in Disability Awareness Training for staff who work with a colleague who has a disability. The purpose of the training should be to deliver clear and accurate information about disability and to address questions or concerns that employers and employees may have about working with people with disabilities.
The training should be aimed at providing participants with an understanding and awareness of the issues surrounding disability, including:
An overview of relevant anti-discrimination and equal opportunities legislation;
General and specific information on disabilities, perceptual awareness exercises and disability etiquette;
Information on dealing with mental health issues in the workplace.
Grants of 90% of eligible training costs are available to private companies in the first year they apply, and grants of 80% of eligible training costs in the second and subsequent years, up to a maximum of €20,000 in any one calendar year.
Eligible costs include:
- Fees paid in respect of external disability awareness training programmes or courses;
- Fees for in-house disability awareness training by external trainers;
- Fees for open learning/computer/web-based disability awareness training programmes;
- The cost of learning materials, e.g. manuals, books, DVDs, clearly associated with the relevant training programme, to a maximum of €650.
Contact details for the Disability Awareness Support Scheme can be accessed here.