Appropriate and targeted training is key to improving communications, addressing misconceptions and building a positive environment before or during induction. The training should be available to all relevant personnel, tailored to reflect the individual roles and responsibilities in the company – managers, supervisors, health and safety officers/representatives and colleagues. It is advisable to schedule disability awareness training even if there are no people with disabilities currently employed.
Some disabilities may have a changing impact on a job over time, either positively or negatively. Issues which were identified and addressed during induction may need to be revisited and appropriate actions taken.
Disability Awareness Training grants are available through the Department of Social Protection. Such training should be undertaken as part of the working schedule and activities to ensure good attendance.