Project ABLE Partners: 


Orchardville Society (N Ireland) – Lead Partner    |    Irish Association of Supported Employment (Ireland)

Autism NI (N Ireland)    |    MISA (Sweden)    |    Theotokos Foundation (Greece)


The Orchardville Society



The Orchardville Society is a voluntary organisation and registered charity that provides a range of employability and training services to young people and adults with learning difficulties and/or Autism Spectrum Condition. The organisation was established in 1981 and currently provides services across Northern Ireland to over 300 participants per annum with an annual turnover of £1.2 million.  Over the last thirty years the Orchardville Society has developed expertise in a number of key areas including Supported Employment for people with severe learning disability and/or ASC. Social Enterprises have also been developed including catering outlets, a business centre and a recycling initiative, as well as a Transitions service for young people aged 14 – 19 preparing to leave education.  Orchardville works extensively with employers to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities

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The Irish Association of Supported Employment


IASEThe IASE is a not-for-profit organisation set-up in 1994 to promote supported employment.

Supported employment is used to support people with disabilities and other marginalised groups to find and keep a fairly paid job of their choosing.  At the same time, supported employment helps employers find the right candidates to fill their job vacancies and to build diversity in their workforce.

The IASE believes that everyone has an equal right to the purpose and dignity of a job and work to break down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

The IASE promotes supported employment at a national level, to jobseekers, employers, disability and other services, policy makers and the general public.

Structured opportunities are organised for the members to learn from through conferences, workshops, newsletters and seminars.  It provides members with a support service through regional networks throughout Ireland and lobbies policy makers and decision makers on common critical issues.

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Autism NI


Autism NI

Autism NI   Autism NI is Northern Ireland’s main Autism Charity, working to provide life changing services for the 30,000 people affected by Autism throughout Northern Ireland. Autism NI exists to support individuals with Autism and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society. We provide Family Support services including our Helpline and local support groups, used by families to share experiences and gain practical information and support about Autism. The organisation is Northern Ireland’s longest serving Autism Training provider. We provide high quality, accredited training for parents, professionals and groups of staff. Autism NI are also involved in Lobbying to ensure an equal society in Northern Ireland where barriers are removed and equality of access protected and enforced for individuals with Autism. If you would like further information on Autism NI, please log onto our website at or email  


THEOTOKOS Foundation


Theotokos Foundation (Greece)

THEOTOKOS Foundation is a non-profit welfare organization which has supported and provided services to more than 5,000 individuals since it began operating in 1963. Special education and therapy services are provided to children and young adults with developmental intellectual disorders and autism spectrum disorders.  The Supported Employment service, the first of its kind in Greece, has been operating since 1997 and has placed 190 individuals into the open labor market. Education and training programs are person-centered and supported by interdisciplinary teams with the aim of preparing our service users so that they can live, work and participate in everyday life. Best practice and continuous improvement are ensured through participation in European Programs, in national and international networks and in continuous education resulting in adaption of services to meet service user’s needs, use of modern technology and creation of innovative approaches.

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Misa AB (inc)


MISA (Sweden)

Misa is a private company founded in 1994, offering work-oriented day care activities for people with various forms of disabilities.  Misa offers personalised support, with the aim to help people with disabilities make the transition into the world of work. The services are based on the idea that everyone can participate in society and working life given the right support. Through Misa’s methods, the individual’s own ideas, interests and resources are utilized. Misa has 17 units that are specialized in different diagnoses (intellectual disability, autism, Aspergers syndrome, acquired brain damage and psychological illnesses). Misa is funded primarily by the local municipalities and the Swedish Employment Service.

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