We are working with government and philanthropy to meet the challenges in disability by supporting the development of cost-effective, personalised services that enable people with disabilities to live as included and valued members of the community. This involves a move away from traditional, often expensive, services which group and segregate people, often focussing on their deficits rather than their strengths. Personalised services means putting the person at the heart of service design and delivery, giving people what they need, when and where they need it.

Early Innovation in Disability

To date €10.8m innovation funding has been awarded to 110 disability projects around Ireland in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE) and the Atlantic Philanthropies. These projects represent the 'early innovation' phase of our work in mental health (see the Genio Model). Explore our interactive map of Ireland to view disability projects funded through Genio. Use the filters to view by areas of interest and counties. Brief descriptions of each project are provided along with details of the grant awarded.

  • Community living: A number of projects supported through the disability programme focused on providing people with non-institutional, community-based living arrangements and support. This included people who were moving from an institution to the community or as a response to those at risk of institutionalisation.
  • Alternative respite: The disability programme supported a number of projects which developed a range of non-institutional respite options for individuals with disabilities and their families. Alternative respite supports can take place in the person's own home or with a host family. It provides people with opportunities to access new and positive experiences independently, promotes community inclusion and at the same time allows carers to have a break.
  • Supporting school leavers: This aspect of the disability programme focused on projects that supported alternative ways of meeting the work, education, training and recreation needs of school leavers with a disability that is mainstreamed and located in ‘real’ community settings.

Scaling Innovation in Disability

A new phase of work is currently underway through the Service Reform Fund (SRF), which has been created by the Department of Health Ireland, the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE) and the Atlantic Philanthropies in collaboration with Genio to implement mental health and disability service reform in Ireland. These reforms will focus on ensuring that person-centred and recovery-oriented services and supports are embedded, in line with government policy. This will represent the 'scaling innovation' phase of our work in disability (see the Genio Model). Further information on the SRF in disability will be released soon. 

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