AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


WAM Resources & Reports

These publications are all available in our online shop or will be given out at training for those involved in placements.

Building Inclusive Work Practices (2018)

This publication, Building Inclusive Work Places - celebrating 12+ years of collaboration between the Irish Civil Service and AHEAD, was launched on the 6th December 2018 in the National Gallery by Minister Paschal Donohoe. (Download PDF here)

Including Graduates with a disability in the workplace (2016)

This new publication publlished in 2016 shares the learning from the AHEAD WAM initiative for Graduates & Employers to ensure that those with disabilities succeed. (Download PDF here)

Advice for Employers on Recruitment of Graduates with Disabilities (2013)

This booklet distils some key learning from over the programmes lifetime in an effort to better equip employers to confidently hire graduates with disabilities. (Download PDF here).

WAMbassadors (2012)

This booklet brings together the personal stories of eight graduates from a total of over 175 who have to date completed work placements through the WAM Programme, which is supported by the Department of Social Protection. (Download PDF here)

Demystifying Disability in the Workplace

This booklet is a product of the AHEAD WAM Programme and is one in a series of WAM 'tips and tools' aimed at supporting organizations who recognize the business advantage of a genuinely inclusive work environment. The primary motivation for the publication is to provide practical guidelines for managers, supervisors and relevant personnel in order to equip them to respond to the everyday issues that may arise in the recruitment and employment of people with disabilities. (Download PDF here)

WAM Employer Toolkit: Tips, Tools and Guidelines

A product of the EQUAL WAM pilot project (2005-2007), the toolkit was developed with the purpose of assisting in-company personnel with the running of WAM placements. However, since the focus of WAM is opening mainstream labour market access for graduates with disabilities, it is also intended that this toolkit be of relevance to the wider business community. Content that may be of use for those wishing to recruit and employ people with disabilities includes recruitment and selection tips, the WAM Mentoring Model, WAM Needs Assessment process and a template for a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). (Download PDF here)

AHEAD/WAM (2008) Workplace Attitudes to Graduates with Disabilities: Findings and Recommendations.

This booklet is an evaluation of the work placement programme under the EQUAL WAM pilot project (2005-2007). The report outlines the processes involved in the placement programme, the organisations involved, participating employers, some statistical outcomes and findings and recommendations based on the experience of the WAM team during the period. (Download PDF here)

AHEAD and TNS mrbi (2008) Employing Graduates with Disabilities: A Survey of 300 Businesses in Ireland

In early 2008 AHEAD commissioned TNS mrbi, an independent market research company, to conduct research on their behalf. The objective of this research was to establish a broad overview of the employment situation of graduates with disabilities through a survey of 300 businesses nationwide who have more than 20 employees. (Download PDF here)

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