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Walkways Participants Shadow Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D

What if the rate of unemployment among a specific group was more than 85%?

The vast majority of whom are forced to go through life with no prospect of ever finding a job?

This is the position more than 26,000 people registered on the National Intellectual Disability Database find themselves in generic training and employment services can be inadequate for this group and might not address their needs. This can translate to a total reliance on welfare benefits and outdated traditional models of care, which can then deny them full participation in mainstream society.

Walkways is a new employment initiative that focuses on giving people with intellectual disabilities - many of whom often have a physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health problems, challenging behaviour, medical conditions and/or autism - the tools necessary to address this chronic situation. Through tailoring and customising employment programmes on a person by person basis, employment outcomes become more achievable and realistic. 

Walkways Ireland & Wales Participants’ Darragh McFarlane and Stephanie Hughes are shadowing Minster Kathleen Lynch on Wednesday April 25th 2012 as part of the Job Shadow Initiative.

 Kathleen Lynch T.D. Minister for Disability, Equality & Mental Health being shadowed for the day by Darragh McFarlane & Stephanie Hughes - Far right - Job Coach, Imelda Noone - Walkways Ireland. Far left - Job Coach - Iona Jones - Walkways Wales



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