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New STEP AHEAD programme to help young brain injury survivors return to work and education


New STEP AHEAD programme to help young brain injury survivors return to work and education

Hot off the presses!

We are delighted to tell you about our new STEP AHEAD vocational service for young people affected by brain injury, supported by Pobal’s Ability Programme. STEP AHEAD is a national service with two centres in Cork and Dublin. This practical programme is geared to help more brain injury survivors return to education, training or work. STEP AHEAD also provides essential brain injury information and education for employers, tutors and trainers.

Who can take part?

Our STEP AHEAD programme offers a vocational assessment and work-related support service free-of-charge to individuals with an acquired brain injury and who meet the following criteria:

·         Aged between 18 – 29 years old

·         Have sustained an acquired brain injury

·         In receipt of disability allowance or invalidity pension; or

·         In receipt of illness benefit for more than three months; or

·         Referred by a relevant organisation or service supporting young people with disabilities i.e. Primary Care Teams, HSE Disability Services, Residential or Day Services

Expert service

Led by a senior occupational therapist, our STEP AHEAD service will assess the individual’s work skills, knowledge and experience. The programme provides practical assistance for people with a brain injury who may be struggling to hold on to their existing job or trying to return to education, training, or employment. Two vocational facilitators will also support the development of a Personal Vocational Plan for each participant, outlining person-centred, vocational goals.

Thank you to our funders!

Pobal’s Ability Programme launched in June 2018 to provide supports to over 2,600 young people with disabilities. A great initiative, it is particularly designed to assist in the transition from school to further education, training and employment. The Ability Programme is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s new STEP AHEAD vocational assessment service would not be possible without this funding.

Who to contact:

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland STEP AHEAD Dublin

Call Emer Duffy, Senior Occupational Therapist: 086 603 7353 or email:

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland STEP AHEAD Cork

Call Sinead Stack, Senior Occupational Therapist: 086 603 4633 or email:

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