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Submissions

Discover the submissions that Rehab Group makes to Government, across a broad range of topics, in order to positively influence the lives of persons with a disability and people who are at a disadvantage.

NLN Submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters

This submission seeks to give voice to issues affecting students with disabilities in the further education sector so that when setting its terms of reference and work-plan, the Disability Matters Committee considers these issues. NLN would particularly like to see an emphasis in the terms of reference and in the work-plan of the Committee on Article 24 (Education), Article 27 (Work) and Article 28 (Adequate Standard of Living & Social Protection) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. 

NLN-Submission-to-Oireachtas-Committee-on-Disability-Matters.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Pre Budget Submission 2021

Rehab Group supports over 10,000 people each year through a wide variety of social care, specialist training and other services. We especially focus on services for people with disabilities and people experiencing disadvantage.

This pre-Budget submission seeks to give voice to the concerns of the people who use our services.

FINAL_Pre_Budget2021.pdf (size 2.3 MB)

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National Learning Network Apprenticeship Action Plan 2020-2025

One of the key objectives of the Apprenticeship Action Plan 2021 to 2025 as set out in the consultation paper is to encourage diversity and support participation by underrepresented groups in apprenticeships. This submission will look at ways that participation of people with disabilities can increase from a low of 2.7% at the end of 2019 to 7% by the end of 2025.

NLN-Apprenticeship-Action-Plan-2021-2025-Consultation-Paper-V1.0-Final.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Rehab Group Submission on Remote Working Guidance

Rehab Group made a submission in response to the Department Enterprise, Trade and Employment's consultation process on developing guidance on remote working for employers and employees. We established this as an opportunity to make recommendations to the Department on remote working solutions for persons with disabilities. The submission also seeks clarification from the Department on the use of grants and supports for persons with disabilities who work remotely. 

RG-Submission_RemoteWorkingGuidance_FINAL.docx.pdf (size 646.5 KB)

Rehab Group Budget 2021 Submission to Department of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, and the Islands

The Rehab Group made a submission to the Department of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, and the Islands regarding Budget 2021 to advocate for adequate income supports for persons with disabilities in the coming year.  

Submission-to-DSP-Budget-2021-Final---for-web.pdf (size 825.7 KB)

Strategic Direction of Further Education and Training 2020-2024

The Rehab Group made a submission to SOLAS on the Strategic Direction of Further Education and Training in order to outline actions that, if implemented, would ensure equitable opportunities for all potential FET students and increase the likelihood of students with disabilities achieving personal and academic success at graduation.

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NLN Submission on the Draft Youth Justice Strategy

The National Learning Network used its expertise, and in particular its experiences on the Stepping Out programme based in Athlone, to highlight areas that are integral to ensuring the strategy’s success, and to emphasise the importance of early intervention, education and diversion of young people at risk of offending and those with a previous conviction.

NLN-Submission-on-Youth-Strategy-Final.docx (size 1.4 MB)

Rehab Submission on Covid-19 Response

Rehab Group highlights the challenges faced by individuals we support, students, and their families; their needs throughout lockdown; their current and future needs post-lockdown; and the additional support that the Rehab Group has provided, and will continue to provide, to individuals who use our services. People who access our services have struggled with the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented.

Rehab-Group-Submission-to-Covid-19-Committee-Final-with-Coverpage.docx (size 1.4 MB)

NLN Submission on Covid-19 Response

Throughout this submission we at National Learning Network make reference to several issues that have arisen during the pandemic, the impact they have had on our students' lives and the lives of their families, how we have responded to those issues, and what further action is required.

NLN-Submision--to-Covid-Committee-Final-(4).docx (size 55.6 KB)

Mid-term Review of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy, 2017-2021

While the Rehab Group welcomed the National Disability Inclusion Strategy as an important step forward and a progression in important areas, it was important to highlight during the Strategy's mid-term review areas that could be significantly improved.

Submission-on-Mid-Term-Review-National-Disability-Inclusion-Strategy-2017-2021.pdf (size 590 KB)