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Employment and Disability Supports

This section covers the range of employment supports and grants in Ireland aimed at assisting employers gain and retain employees with a disability.

Retention Grant

The purpose of the Retention Grant is to encourage and assist employers in the private sector in retaining existing employees who develop a disability through sickness or injury while in employment

Jobs Plus

JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages employment of the long-term unemployed

Supported Employment Programme

The Supported Employment Service provides people with disabilities with supports to help them access employment. The supports are provided by sponsor organisations on behalf of the Department of Social Protection

Workplace Equipment/Adaptation Grant (WE/AG)

If you are a person with a disability who has been offered employment or are currently in employment and require a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment to do your job, you or your employer may be able to get a grant towards the costs of adapting the workplace or equipment

Back to Work Allowance (BTWA) Scheme.

This is a weekly social welfare payment that can be made in addition to wages. It provides a financial cushion to support social welfare recipients who return to work for a minimum of 20 hours per week

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and Short Term Enterprise Allowance are schemes to encourage people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed.

JobPlus Incentive Scheme

JobsPlus is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to jobseekers on the Live Register.

Wages Subsidy Scheme

The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides financial incentives to employers, outside the public sector, to employ disabled people who work more than 20 hours per week.

Job Interview Interpreters Grant

A person actively seeking employment who has a hearing or speech impairment can apply for funding to have an interpreter present at job interviews

Personal Readers Grant

If you are blind or visually impaired and require assistance with job-related reading, you may be entitled to a grant to allow you to employ a personal reader

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