FACT: Having a job is a signiﬁcant part of most people’s lives, and allows them to develop a sense of independence, identity and status within society (Stevens and Martin, 1999). It is reported that employment can increase the psychological wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities (Stenfert Kroese et al., 2000). They also found that people with intellectual disability in open employment had higher measures of psychological wellbeing than those who are not in work or in sheltered employment.
Vocational training or work experience has also been found to increase the likelihood of a person with ID obtaining a job (Beyer et al., 2008). Other factors that have been identiﬁed as barriers include typical recruitment methods, social factors and general systemic and social barriers to choice and meaningful participation (Lysaght et al., 2009).
Assessing motivation for work in people with developmental disabilities
John Rose, Jane Perks, Merih Fidan and Maddie Hurst
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 2010 14: 147
The Brothers of Charity Services Roscommon are committed to supporting people to achieve their highest potential in all areas of their lives, including work. The organisation has supported people to work in many different ways.
The organisation is committed to supporting people to gain experience in different settings in a meaningful way. This can be achieved by keyworker’s identifying areas of interest to people so they can seek relevant work experience. We have supported and continue to support people to work in shops, factories, beauty clinics, petrol stations, garden centres, radio stations, offices and many more….. We are open to anything!!!
The Brothers of Charity staff support people to access work experience and paid employment by working directly with people and liaising with stakeholders in the community. We also work in partnership with FAS, Supported Employment (http://www.iase.ie/) and rely on students and volunteers to support also.
The Brothers of Charity Roscommon support people to setup enterprises which employ people with an Intellectual Disability and people from the community to work in partnership.
Peter Triest Centre
The Peter Triest Centre has a number of programmes for adults with intellectual disabilities. These focus on the use of local community resources and facilities, providing individual social, recreational, personal development, and employment opportunities.
This is a commercial printing enterprise within the service and provides training and print finishing skills to a number of our service users, while providing printing services to the public. For further information, please contact John Casey, Peter Triest Services Area Manager, The Offices, Lanesboro Street, Roscommon at (090) 6628500.
Sesame Construction is F.A.S. funded construction enterprise in partnership with the Brothers of Charity providing employment for approximately fourteen men in the area of light construction work, maintenance and horticulture.
For further information, please contact Gemma Nelson, Boyle Area Manager, at (079) 63146.