We are meeting the challenges in disability by accelerating the availability of cost-effective, individualised supports and services to 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 focussing on their deficits rather than their strengths.

From 2010-2013 we awarded innovation funding from the HSE to disability projects across Ireland. All funding rounds were subject to agreement with the HSE and the Atlantic Philanthropies. A new phase of work is currently underway and updates will be published soon.

In disability, in counties around Ireland there has been:

  • 110 projects supported
  • €10.8 million funding awarded
  • 3,275 people provided with individualised supports in the community through the projects we support

Grant streams

Areas of work supported through the HSE & Genio Disability programme to date include:

Community living: This grant stream is to develop non-institutional models of residential support for individuals in the community, for those who are moving from an institution in the context of institutional closure; as a response to those at risk of institutionalisation; or as a stand-alone initiative.

Alternative respite: This grant stream is to develop a range of non-institutional respite options for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Supporting school leavers: This scheme is aimed at supporting 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.

Key Contact

Tara Doheny
Programme Manager - Disability

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