Mid West companies become more disability confident

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disabled_signCOMPANIES in Limerick and Clare are becoming disability confident as a result of a six-month pilot project delivered by the National Disability Authority.

The project, which was funded by the Department of Justice, was delivered by EmployAbility Clare and Shannon Chamber, in conjunction with EmployAbility Limerick and Ennis and Limerick Chambers.

Four Limerick companies, Garry IT, Thomond Park, Northern Trust and E-Fone, were among the twelve local businesses nominated as disability champion companies. The results of a disability-awareness and participation survey were published last week along with the launch of a new website, www.disabilityconfidence.ie

Acknowledging the role of the job shadow participants, EmployAbility Limerick team leader, Ursula Mackenzie said: “We had such a positive response across Limerick and Clare with a record number of businesses hosting job shadow opportunities for jobseekers with a disability; it is so encouraging for the future.”

EmployAbility Clare team leader Helen McQuillan added: “It’s the simple things done with grace that make these companies exemplary. There is scope for a lot more companies to become involved in our programme so we would encourage businesses to avail of grants for disability awareness training.

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