Information for Employers

Information for employers on employing people with disabilities, making your workplace accessible for employees and customers with disabilities, and funding and schemes available to support you to achieve best practice.

Useful Information

Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme 

Funding for private sector employers to buy in Disability Awareness Training for staff who work with a colleague who has a disability.   


Wage Subsidy Scheme

Financial incentives to private sector employers to employ people with a disability.


Reasonable Accommodation Fund 

DSP grants and schemes to help employers take measures to enable a person with a disability to have access to employment:  Workplace Equipment/Adaptation Grant; Personal Reader Grant; Job Interview Interpreter Grant; Employee Retention Grant. 



Information & advice for employers on employing people with disabilities; employer training; tips for inclusive recruitment; Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) work placement programme which promotes access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and builds the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace.


National Disability Authority Accessibility Toolkit

Toolkit to help you make your services, buildings, information, and websites more accessible to customers with disabilities.


National Disability Authority IT Procurement Toolkit

Toolkit to help you ensure your IT systems and websites are designed with accessibility in mind.


Open Doors Initiative

The Open Doors Initiative aims to provide opportunities to people with a disability; refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, disadvantaged youth, those from a Traveller background, LGBTIQ+ and people with a criminal past

The initiative was set up by Irish employers, who came together with a plan to address these issues and support people from these three groups in Irish society into employment.  


Employers for Change

Employer disability information service that aims to empower employers with all the information and advice needed to hire, employ, manage and retain staff with disabilities. Their Inclusive Recruitment Toolkit provides accessible, practical and clear information and guidelines for
employers and managers who wish to implement inclusive practices. Their Inclusive and Accessible Communications Toolkit give lots of tips on how to make your communications as a company more inclusive and accessible.


As I Am

Practical steps for an employer to support autistic adults in the workplace


myAccessHub website

Provides eLearning to help employers build an inclusive workplace for employees who have autism and other neurodiversities. 


Local contacts

EmployAbility Wicklow

The Mill Building, The Maltings, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 211 6474

Employment support service for people with a health condition, injury, illness or disability and a valuable recruitment advice service for the business community, including information on grants and supports available for employers, professional job matching, and ongoing support.


Bray Area Partnership IMPACT Initiative

Unit 42, Southern Cross Business Park, Boghall Road, Ballymorris, Bray

Tel: (01) 963 3342  Email: 

Supports for people with disabilities aged 18 and over, living in Bray and North Wicklow, to upskill, get employment, progress in your career or become self-employed. Supports for employers to build a diverse and inclusive workforce. Can connect employers with skilled job-ready individuals and provide them with ongoing in-work support.


Cairdeas Clubhouse

Unit H, Solus Tower Industrial Estate, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 282 7951/7952  Email:

Transitional Employment Programme provides members with mental health difficulties with part-time 6-9-month work opportunities. Benefits employers by providing pre-screened, motivated reliable workers – with ongoing support and training at no cost to the employer. 


Festina Lente

The Festina Lente Supported Employment Programme can assist employers to become more diverse and inclusive, connect them with clients with the skills and abilities they need, and provide one-to-one job coaching and ongoing support.


RehabCare Bray

Provide quality training programmes for clients, including accredited training, to ensure they are job-ready. Provide ongoing support to clients and employers after clients gain employment.


Sunbeam House Services Supported Employment

Job-coaches specialise in supporting service-users to access mainstream employment in the community, and provide ongoing support to both them and their employer once they start a job.


National Learning Network Bray

Beechwood Close, Boghall Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 282 9643  Email:

Employer based training programme provides vocational training where students learn the skills they need to get and keep a job – including classroom training and employer-based training placements to get real life training and experience in a job. They work with local employers and international companies throughout Wicklow and Dublin.


Bray Area Partnership Local Area Employment Service

86 Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 276 5592 

Provide supports to long-term unemployed people referred by the Department of Social Protection, working with local employers.

Information for Employers News

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Understanding Dyspraxia webinar

June 19, 2023The WAM Programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers. When: Wednesday, June 28th 2023 from 11.30am – 1.00pm. Register for Understanding…... Read More
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Building the Future Careers Event

May 4, 2023GetAHEAD are holding their annual careers event for students and graduates with disabilities Building the Future! on 31st May 2023. Building the Future will be a hybrid event, which means…... Read More
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Breakfast Briefing: Become a Disability Confident Employer

April 11, 2023Would you like to become a more disability inclusive employer? Bray Area Partnership’s Disability Network and Employers for Change is inviting local employers to join them for a free breakfast…... Read More
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Supporting Neurodiverse Employees webinar

March 22, 2023Employers for Change are hosting a free online seminar: Supporting Neurodiverse Employees on Thursday 30th March at 11am, featuring Peter Brabazon from Specialisterne Ireland and Sharon Lane from Dyspraxia Ireland.…... Read More
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Dyslexia in the Workplace course

January 11, 2022Dyslexia Ireland’s next Dyslexia in the Workplace course starts on 1st February 2022.  Dyslexia Training Course for the Workplace – delivered online and live via Zoom in spring 2022. The four-week course…... Read More
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Inclusive Recruitment Disability Awareness Training

May 11, 2021Free online seminar from 2-3pm on 31st May 2021. Join Employers for Change for a Disability Awareness seminar on Inclusive Recruitment, facilitated by Stephen Kelly, Managing Director of Ability Focus.…... Read More
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Launch of Employers for Change

March 3, 2021Employers for Change employer disability information service invite you to join them on Thursday 11th March at 11am for their launch event. Employers for Change is a new employer disability…... Read More
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Autism Awareness Webinar

February 11, 2021The WAM programme at AHEAD is running a free Autism Awareness training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers.  When: Wednesday 3rd March from 11.30am – 1.00pm The WAM…... Read More
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Webinar: supporting employees with temporary disabilities

January 27, 2021Free AHEAD webinar: Temporary Disabilities and How to Support Employees.  When: Wednesday 3rd February from 11.30pm – 1.00pm When we think of disability, we often think of a permanent condition or…... Read More
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WAM Employers Information Webinar

July 7, 2020The WAM programme at AHEAD is running an information session for employers who are interested in finding out more about the programme.  When: Tuesday 14th July from 12pm – 1pm. The WAM…... Read More
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Free webinar: Future of the workplace post-COVID

May 20, 2020AHEAD is running a free webinar The Future of the Workplace post COVID-19 and the Implications for People with Disabilities on 10th June 2020 from 11.30am-1pm.  The times we are…... Read More