Cross-Border Conferences on Supported Employment for People with a Learning Disability
Keywords:Supported Employment, Cross-Border Conferences, Learning Disabilities, GLD, General Learning Disabilities, Service Staff
Two cross-border conferences were held in Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland and Bangor in Northern Ireland, attended by approximately 50 adult learners with general learning disabilities along with service staff. These were funded by the EU Peace and Reconciliation Fund and organised by the A.C.E.T. consortium (Belfast) and Hilltop Services (Dundalk). The conferences focused on supported employment for people with learning disabilities. An external evaluation was undertaken. This found that the
conferences had been valuable in giving participants opportunities to socialise and in highlighting key aspects of job finding and training. The possible improvements identified included better follow-up, more focused programmes for the conferences and empowering trainees to plan and organise their own meetings.
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