The Ability Programme

Providing holistic, person-centred coaching to enable a person to become an independent job-seeker or employee

Funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund and administered through Pobal, Ability is an employability and job-seeking skills programme for people aged 18 and over with a physical disability who want to get closer to work and progress on their career journey.

The ethos of The Ability Programme is underpinned by the person-centred model of working. The person-centred model is a way of planning and discovering how a person wants to live their life and what is required to make that possible. It has developed from the social model of disability and a strengths-based approach with a background in the actions of normalisation and independent living.

The primary aim of the IWA’s Ability Programme is to fill a gap in service provision supporting people with a physical disability to develop the skills to become independent job seekers or employees. This will, in turn, enhance their independence and support greater engagement within their local community and labour market.

Two specialised Ability Job Coaches are available to coach participants from anywhere in the Republic of Ireland.

This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund