ABILITY PROGRAMME IS UP AND RUNNING
The Ability Programme is up and running for this year. Knockanrawley Resource Centre is the lead partner for the Ability Programme in partnership with Scoil Chormaic, RehabCare, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Moorehaven Centre. Under the Ability programme our team works hard at providing person-centred supports to young people with disabilities to confidently achieve their education and employment aspirations.
The programme targets young people who are not currently work ready using a range of person-centred supports. This type of work assists young people to identify and follow progression routes based on both their potential and their needs. As a result, the programme promotes positive pathways into education, training and employment for participants.
The objectives of Ability are to:
- Assist young people with disabilities to develop the confidence and independence required to participate in education, training, employment.
- Assist young people with disabilities at key transition points between education, training and employment.
- Support young people with disabilities who are not in education, employment or training to access and participate in education, training, and employment.
- Build the capacity of mainstream employment services, education and training providers to support the progression of young people with disabilities.
- Build the capacity of employers to recruit and retain young people with disabilities within their workforce.
The Ability Programme promotes employment prospects and meaningful social roles for young people with disabilities. If you are not sure whether you, or someone you know, is eligible for the Ability programme, here are some guidlines.
People with disabilities refers to people with physical or sensory disabilities, mental health conditions, acquired disabilities, intellectual disabilities, hidden disabilities and people on the autistic spectrum.
In order to qualify for support, Ability participants must also be:
- in receipt of disability allowance or invalidity pension;
- or in receipt of illness benefit for more than three months;
- or an existing service user or client of the lead applicant or project partner (if they are a disability service);
- or referred to us by relevant organisations or services supporting young people with disabilities
If you have any questions about this great programme, please ring a member of our team and we will do our best to answer your queries.
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