The Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme provides funding so that employers can buy in Disability Awareness Training for their staff. The purpose of the training is 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 is 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
Grants of 90% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of €20,000, are available to private companies in the first year and 80% in the second and subsequent years. Eligible costs include actual fees paid in respect of external programmes trainer’s fees for in-house staff training, open learning/computer/web based training programme fees and learning materials e.g. manuals, books, clearly associated with the relevant training programme to a maximum of €650.
Contact details for the Disability Awareness Support Scheme can be accessed here.