Fine Gael Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Monday) welcomed the publication of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities.
“The Strategy aims to help people to play an active part in our workforce. The focus is on building skills, capacity and independence; providing bridges and support to enter work; making work pay; promoting job retention and re-entry to work; providing coordinated and seamless support; and engaging with employers.
“As people with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age, this is a vital piece of work and will require support from all government departments as well as disability organisations.
“The Strategy sets out a ten-year approach to ensuring that people with disabilities, who are able to, and want to work, are supported and enabled.
“The Government is committed to supporting people with disabilities to participate more fully in the labour market and supports a range of initiatives which are available to people with disabilities to help them gain much needed mainstream work experience in real jobs and real communities. The Willing Able Mentoring programme, which is funded by the Department of Social Protection, is seeking to make employment practices disability friendly, and has to date provided work placements for over 250 graduates with disabilities with major employers in the Irish labour market.”