National Platform of Self Advocates (NSPA) - 'Stand Up...Speak Up'

The National Platform of Self Advocates (NPSA) is a national organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities for people with intellectual disabilities.
www.thenationalplatform.ie
In September 2019, the NPSA were successful in engaging a research grant from The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). 
www.ihrec.ie 
The purpose of the research is to examine the barriers and potential answers to increasing the participation and retention of people with intellectual disabilities in employment.

This is a brief survey to explore what employers feel are the barriers and potential answers to supporting people with intellectual disability accessing, retaining and progressing in employment. The survey will take 5 minutes to complete. We would be most grateful if you would complete this very important survey.

Confidentiality:

This survey is for research purposes only. Your cooperation is voluntary. Your responses will not be linked with your business/organisation or with your name. You can skip any question you do not want to answer, and you can stop at any time.
  

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* 1. Is your organisation/business any of the following types?

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* 2. Including all your organisation/business structures (your headquarters, subsidiaries, and branches etc.) how many employees does your organisation/business have? Would you say… [Please count all employees, not just full time employees]

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* 3. To your knowledge, do any of your organisation/business’s current employees have an intellectual disability?

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* 4. How do you proactively recruit job applicants with intellectual disabilities?

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* 5. Would any of the following types of information persuade you to recruit people with an intellectual disability?

  Yes No Don't know Have enough information
Information that addresses any concerns you may have about costs?
Information showing how hiring people with intellectual disabilities has benefited other organisations/businesses in your industry/sector?
Information showing how hiring people with intellectual disabilities has benefited nationally recognised organisations/businesses?
Information showing how hiring people with intellectual disabilities can increase your organisation’s/business's productivity?
Information on satisfactory job performance, attendance, and retention of people with intellectual disabilities?

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* 6. The following challenges in hiring, retaining and advancing the progression of people with intellectual disabilities that we often hear from our members experiences are listed below. How much of a challenge are the following factors to your organisation/business in hiring people with disabilities?
We would like you to say whether it is a major challenge, somewhat of a challenge or not a challenge.

  Major Challenge Somewhat of a Challenge Not a Challenge
Discomfort or unfamiliarity regarding hiring people with intellectual disabilities
Lack of knowledge or information about people with intellectual disabilities
Attitudes of co-workers
Attitudes of supervisors
Attitudes of customers
Not knowing how much ‘accommodation’ of employees with an intellectual disability will cost
Cannot find qualified people with intellectual disabilities
The nature of the work is such that it cannot be effectively performed by people with disabilities 

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* 7. Some employers have concerns about hiring people with an intellectual disability. Here are some of the concerns we often hear from our members experiences. For each, please let me know how much of a concern it is for your organisation/business.  Would you say this is a major concern, somewhat of a concern or not a concern?

  Major Concern Somewhat of a Concern Not a concern
Supervisors’/staff are not comfortable managing people with intellectual disabilities
Supervisors are not sure how to evaluate a person with an intellectual disability
Supervisors are not sure how to take disciplinary action for a person with an intellectual disability
Workers with intellectual disabilities lack the skills and experience to do our work
People with intellectual disabilities may not be as safe and productive as other workers
It costs more to employ workers with intellectual disabilities than those without disabilities due to accommodations, additional management time, or healthcare and insurance costs

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* 8. Strategies that some organisations/businesses nationally and internationally have used when hiring people, retaining and advancing the progression of people with intellectual disabilities are listed below. For each, please tell us if these strategies would be very helpful, somewhat helpful or not helpful in reducing barriers to hiring, retaining and advancing  the progression of people with intellectual disabilities into your organisation/business.

  Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Not Helpful
Using a recruiting source that specialises in placing people with intellectual disabilities
Developing a targeted recruitment programme for people with intellectual disabilities
Short-term on the job assistance with an outside job coach
Training existing staff
On-site consultation or technical assistance
Mentoring
Visible ‘top’ management commitment
Centralised accommodations fund 
Disability awareness training
Disability targeted internship programme
Assistive technology
Flexible work schedule
Employer tax credits and incentives

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* 9. Are you familiar with the services of any support organisations such as EmployAbility, the Ability Programme, SICAP, LEADER etc?

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* 10. Would any of the following supports be useful to you and your organisation/business in recruiting people, retaining and advancing the progression of people with intellectual disabilities?

  Yes No Don't Know
Local recruitment fair 
Assistance in recruitment and candidate screening 
Job task analysis to formally identify knowledge skills and abilities for specific jobs 
Placement services 
Analysis of local business trends and analysis of the local work pool 
Assistance to customise training plans for new employees with intellectual disabilities 
An offer to train current employees in disability awareness
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