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Philanthropy and government combining to create national disability service reform
The Service Reform Fund aims to implement reform in mental health, disability, and homeless services. The SRF awards government grant funding for projects that support persons with disabilities to move out of institutions into a community-based environment. From 2016 to 2018, 16 grants totalling € 7.9 million were awarded.
Genio Trust, Ireland
Supporting inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream preschools
AIM is a non-binding standard for early intervention services addressing children with disabilities. In agreement with the parents, pre-schools can apply for seven different measures for implementation: These include mentoring, support equipment, targeted therapy services as well as personnel and financial assistance.
Irish Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), Ireland
The Home from Home Apartment offers fully accessible accommodation with aids and appliances to persons with physical and sensory disabilities and their families. It offers independent living in a non-clinical setting for short breaks and general health appointments in Dublin.
Home from Home is a non-clinical setting offering persons with disabilities and their families the chance to stay overnight without having to stay at the hospital. The apartment was designed by persons with disabilities. It offers ceiling track hoists in the bedrooms and provides a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge area.
Muscular Dystrophy UK, Changing Places Consortium, Staying away from home in a non-clinical setting, Ireland
SWIFT 9:2012 UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR ENERGY SUPPLIERS
The "Standard SWiFT 9:2012 Universal Design for Energy Suppliers" and its respective toolkit has been the first standard worldwide, which provides clear guidance for energy suppliers to make their communications accessible. It includes all written, face-to-face, electronic or web-based communication.
Commission for Energy Regulation, Accessible services for energy customers, Ireland
Assigning job coaches for young jobseekers with intellectual disabilities
Job coaches assist young people with an intellectual disability or autism to find paid employment. Job seekers contribute to the planning and delivery of the programme. Between 2018 and 2020, 69 people were registered and 37 people have been placed in supported employment jobs.
COPE Foundation, Ability@Work, Ireland
Trip Advisor-style accessibility mapping of venues, transport and festivals
Mobility Mojo lists the accessibility of points of interest, events, and transportation for persons with mobility, visual, and hearing impairments in Ireland. Site and app include a mixture of self-uploaded information from establishments and from user reviews. By 2017 over 600 business and over 1000 services were listed.
Mobility Mojo LLC, Ireland
Hospital internships as a strong bridge to the open labour market
Project SEARCH offers young people with intellectual disabilities an internship programme at Naas General Hospital. Over a nine-month period, the interns take part in different real job experiences and then seek employment. Following the first year, all interns who completed the programme found employment in the open labour market.
KARE - Promoting Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Project SEARCH, Ireland
Offering individualised support and sharing lessons learned
Members of the "Next Steps" project provide support to people with intellectual disabilities so that they can live a life of their choosing, especially to move from congregated settings into community-based settings. By 2015, 23 organisations were involved and 242 individuals had participated in the project.
Fedvol - National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, Ireland
Internships for people with intellectual disabilities at a leading consultancy
The TCPID has established a higher education programme and supported transition to employment for people with intellectual disabilities. EY has been a core partner since 2017. By 2020 six graduates have completed paid internships, four of whom have been offered permanent employment.
TCIPD - Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, TCPID Graduate Internship programme, Ireland
Creating a more accessible world for deaf children in Ireland
Sound Advice supports Inclusive Education for deaf children while empowering parents to develop their child’s full potential. The measures include public relations, training and counselling, but also reading promotion and mentoring. One success was that newborns in Ireland are entitled to digital hearing aids.
Sound Advice, Ireland