Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Services for People with Disabilities
450. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the level of accreditation a trainer must offer to participants in disability awareness training in order for the client to avail of the 90% grant available from her Department (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53653/19]
Through the Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS), my Department provides financial assistance to private sector organisations to undertake staff development in order to assist the integration of people with disabilities into the workforce and to eliminate mistaken perceptions about the capacity of people with disabilities to be productive and effective employees and colleagues.
This scheme is open to all organisations in the private sector and is available for raising the awareness of personnel at all levels and in all occupations. The DASS is suitable for the following:
- Organisations interested in employing or retaining people with disabilities;
- Organisations interested in promoting the employment of people with disabilities.
The trainer/facilitator proposed by the applicant organisation for this grant should:
- Have a training qualification and/or relevant experience;
- Have a strong social model perspective. This means that the trainer should focus on how the physical and social barriers in society can disable an individual;
- Have experience or awareness of disability and have developed their training programme in consultation with people with disabilities.
An application by a private sector organisation for a grant under the DASS should be submitted between three weeks and two months prior to commencement of the training.
The Disability Awareness course provider selected by applicant organisation must be approved by a Case Officer and Assistant Principal from the Department prior to the commencement of the training programme or course. Applications cannot be processed for training which has already commenced.
The DASS guidelines can be downloaded from the Department's website at: