The 27 Ability projects have collaborated and produced a digital ‘mapping’ tool, using existing creative software, to provide the public with information, resources and access to each programme. The tool is known as the ‘Ability 27 Padlet’.
The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D. said“I am committed to supporting people with disabilities to participate more fully in society by providing supports that address the barriers that they may face. The Ability Programme is an example of this commitment in action and this innovative tool will further assist people with disabilities to avail of the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.”
The Ability Programme provides funding to 27 local, regional and national projects in the Republic of Ireland that focus on bringing young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 29 closer to the labour market. Ability has an overall budget of up to €16m from 2018 to 2021, is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Social Protection (DSP), and administered by Pobal.
Ability projects in Ireland are hosted by a variety of organisations, including disability services, educational programmes and community development partnerships. The work of these 27 projects over the last 3 years has been innovative, person-centred and empowering. There are over 90 staff who have worked with upwards of 2200 young people to date. To showcase this work and provide a landing stage for information, resources and access to the 27 projects, th eprojects have developed a collaborative tool, using an existing creative software platform, Padlet. The ‘Ability 27 Padlet’ is a free-to-use piece of software and provides the projects with a mapping tool and access to all relevant resources. It is easy to use, interactive and accessible through any device. The Ability 27 Padlet is provided as a point of information for families, communities and other interested parties.
The ‘Ability 27 Padlet’ officially launched on Monday, 31st May, 2021 at 12pm.