Welcome to the new Workability website. Workability supplies Assistive Technology to support people in their work and to support employers in this regard.
People that have a disability are 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed than those without a disability even though they have equal rights to employment under Irish and EU law. The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 prohibits discrimination in employment on 9 grounds one of these being disability. In addition to our shop we hope that our website can in some small way ease the journey to employment of those with a disability. Our site highlights the Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant which ties in with our products. However, there are several other grants available to employers and employees.
The Disability Awareness Support Scheme provides up to 90% funding to a maximum of €20,000 for private sector employers to arrange and pay for disability awareness training for staff who work with a colleague who has a disability. https://www.gov.ie/en/service/3970b5-disability-awareness-support-scheme/
If you are a jobseeker who is deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment and you are attending job interviews with private sector employers, you may apply for funding to have:
- a sign language interpreter
- a lip speaker or another interpreter attend the interviews with you
The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides financial support for employers who wish to employ people with disabilities.
If you are blind or visually impaired and you need help with job-related reading, you may be entitled to a grant to allow you to employ a personal reader. This grant is only paid if you are employed in the private sector.
The Employee Retention Grant Scheme aims to help private sector employers to keep employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment (occupational or otherwise) that affects their ability to carry out their job.