DCU Ability, a new programme which promotes the employability of young people with disabilities to gain the skills, competencies and experiences needed to be career-ready, was launched by Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath TD on Monday, December 3rd - International Day of Persons With Disabilities.
A partnership between DCU and St. Michael's House, DCU Ability aims to create meaningful and tailored pathways into education, training and employability for young people with disabilities, using a person-centred approach.
Employment and, of course, unemployment, is a major issue for everyone in Irish society, but particularly so for people with disabilities.
The DCU Ability Programme will build on the Irish Government strategy in this area, namely to build skills; capacity and independence; provide bridges and supports into work and to also engage with employers to provide co-ordinated support going forward.
DCU, working in partnership with St Michael's House, will harness our joint expertise, resources and facilities. We will support each participant to build the skills and confidence needed to become career-ready while supporting partnerships within and external to DCU to address barriers to employment.