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Rehabilitation and training services for people with disabilities

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There is a range of employment supports for people with disabilities to help with getting a job and staying in employment. The Department of Social Protection provides these supports through local employment services offices and Intreo centres.

Vocational training is provided by SOLAS.

The Department of Health has responsibility for rehabilitative training (training that is not linked to the labour force) and sheltered work. Responsibility for the delivery of these services rests with the Health Service Executive (HSE). Rehabilitative training and sheltered work is provided largely in:

  • Accredited training centres that are run by the HSE or by service providers contracted by the HSE and
  • Designated sheltered workshops

Rehabilitative training focuses on the development of an individual's life skills, social skills and basic work skills with the objective of enhancing the trainee's quality of life and general work capacity.

The HSE has appointed Directors of Disability Services who are responsible, among other things, for the delivery of rehabilitative training services. The HSE have teams of guidance counsellors who offer information, advice and guidance on HSE training and sheltered work services.

Sheltered workshops

Sheltered work gives people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in daily work in a sheltered setting where they receive personal support services. Trainees may produce goods that have a commercial value.

Rates

Rehabilitation Training Allowance

Trainees in foundation training and sheltered workshops retain their social welfare payments, usually Disability Allowance, and also receive a training allowance of €31.80 a week.

How to apply

Contact the Disability Services section in your Local Health Office for more information on rehabilitative training and sheltered work in your area. Further information on employment services can be obtained from your local employment services office or Intreo centre.

Page updated: 1 April 2014

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