Disability Equality Training

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) champions the rights of individuals with disabilities to work and take part in their communities. Our mission is to foster inclusive cultures where people with disabilities can prosper.

We provide practical, evidence-based, strategic solutions for businesses to become a disability confident employer. Underpinning all this work is Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) which states that “People with disabilities have the right to work on an equal basis with others”.

Our training ethos see us partnering with professional trainers who offer first-hand insights into disability.

Our training will increase your understanding of disability, enhance workplace inclusion and customer service practices.


TCPDS CERTIFIED -  transparentOur co-created Disability Equality Training is CPD accredited and is the first trainign of its kind in Ireland, recognised by the CPD Certification Service in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Participants in our accredited Disability Equality Training will receive CPD credits and will be awarded a CPD certificate on completion of the training.

Disability Equality Training 

Our training is committed to promoting disability equality through innovative, co-created training programs that can be delivered in person or online.

Our approach is unique and contemporary as we always include the voice of people with disabilities at every stage of our work when supporting employers to:

  • Rethink recruitment, retention and reflect on the advantage of an inclusive workplace.
  • Tackle the pervasive, outdated perceptions of workers with disabilities in the workforce.
  • Educate employers who think that creating a disability employment stream is costly or complicated.
  • Identify what changes they would need to adapt to become a more inclusive employer and help them put these practical solutions in place.
  • Conduct access audits with a plan for short, medium and long-term goals.
  • Conduct Disability Equality Training, co-delivered and co-designed with people with the lived experience of disability.
  • Recruitment and retention of staff with disabilities within the current legislative framework.[i]

This work is about strategising and leading out on influencing organisational systems and human behaviour to develop a positive culture and a healthy working environment for people with disabilities. By committing to and managing a disability diversity policy/strategy DFI is helping businesses to drive progress and change through embracing inclusive practices.

[i] The Equality Acts 1998-2015 places a legal obligation on all  employers in Ireland to provide reasonable accommodations to potential and existing employees with disabilities. The purpose is to alleviate a substantial disadvantage for a person with a disability and to enable them to have access to employment, to participate or advance in employment, or to undergo training.

Some of the key topics covered in our training include: 

  • How disability is viewed in society  
  • The models of disability – medical and social  
  • Disability facts and figures  
  • Government supports available to employers  
  • Real life experiences – the Do’s and Don’ts  
  • Things to consider in a work environment  
  • Legislation and Policy – inclusion laws 

Typical Training Objectives

  • Obtain knowledge of the various theoretical models of disability
  • Learn about disability in Irish legislation
  • Identify the appropriate language and behaviour when engaging with a disabled person
  • Demonstrate knowledge of supports you can implement for people with disabilities.
  • Apply this knowledge in the workplace/community to become a more inclusive and accessible organisation/business.

Our Services Include:

  • Customised Disability Equality Training: Co-created and co- presented with individuals with the lived experience, our training enhances workplace inclusion and customer service practices.
  • Inclusive Recruitment and Retention: We help businesses rethink their hiring and retention strategies to highlight the benefits of a diverse workplace.
  • Public Sector Duty Workshops
  • United Nations Convention for People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Training programmes
  • Assessing organisational policies and practices: Our hands on approach supports organisations to understand and implement practical and effective solutions.
  • Reasonable Accommodation Training: This is for the business sector to meet the need for disability equality training to comply with legal requirements
  • Accessibility Access Audits: We offer comprehensive audits with actionable short, medium, and long-term goals

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