Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


The aim of our Ability Programme is to support young people, aged 16-29 years, with an intellectual disability.

We work with young people who are not work ready, to move closer to the labour market through:

  • using a person centered approach
  • providing them with access to work placement opportunities,
  • tailor-made education and training programmes
  • employment supports.

How we support Ability Programme participants:

  • We support project participants who are not work ready to move closer to the labour market using a range of person-centered approaches including the development of a personal action plan to identify training needs in personal/social and employment focused skills.
  • We provide programme participants with access to work placement opportunities and tailor made education and training programmes including employment supports.
  • We assist young people to develop the confidence and independence required to participate in education, training and employment.
  • We work with & build the capacity of employers and employer organisations to offer work placements and employment.


There are set eligibility criteria for this Programme:

  • Aged between 16-29 years (Proof of age will be required)
  • Have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability
  • In receipt of disability allowance or invalidity pension


  • In receipt of illness benefit for more than three months
  • an existing service user or client of the lead applicant or project partner (if the lead applicant or project partner is a disability service)


Referred to our project by relevant organisations or services supporting young people with disabilities

Referrals from GPs and mainstream schools are not eligible

For further information or for a referral form please email our Project Officers:

Sarah Bolger           0873800615     sarahbolger@wld.ie

Maria Mulvey          0877199266     mmulvey@wld.ie

Michael O’Brien       0830217576     mobrien@wld.ie

Or contact us at the WLD Enniscorthy Office, IFA Centre, Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy on 053 91 55864