My Talents for Diversity online event 22nd September 2020 – ETR

As part of MTFD project, we organised an online event with Rytmus about supporting employment of people with intellectual disabilities in the labour market in Czechia.

My Talents for Diversity online event 22nd September 2020 - ETR

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On Tuesday 22nd September,  

Inclusion Europe organised the third online event

as part of the project ‚ÄúMy Talents. For Diversity‚ÄĚ.

There were two speakers:  

  • Veronika Heribanov√°
  • Martin Lubojack√Ĺ.¬†¬†

Veronika and Martin work at Rytmus.  

Rytmus is an organisation that supports employment of people with disabilities in Czechia.  

In 2019, Rytmus helped 40 people with disabilities to find a job in Czechia. 


How does Rytmus support job seekers with disabilities?   

Rytmus organises meetings with people with disabilities  

where they can share their job preferences.  

Rytmus helps people with disabilities creating  

their CV and answering job offers.  

To do so, Rytmus uses social media: 

  • to make first contacts with companies ;¬†
  • to publish short articles presenting job seekers profiles and preferences.¬†¬†

Martin Lubojack√Ĺ said that companies are afraid to employ people with disabilities.¬†¬†

That is why Rytmus works a lot with companies.  

Rytmus meets with companies to learn more  

about their business and hiring practices.  

Rytmus sets up meetings between companies and employees  

to personalise working conditions.  

Jobs must meet preferences and needs  

of each employee with disability.  

Rytmus implements ‚Äújob shadowing‚ÄĚ.¬†¬†

Job seekers can work from 1 to 3 days in the company before starting their new position.  

Job seekers can also meet self-advocates that are already working in the company.  

Once employees start their new job,  

Rytmus supports and coaches them  

during their inclusion in the company.  

 The COVID-19 crisis impacted workers with disabilities in Czechia.  

Most people with disabilities work in shops, restaurants and cafes.  

But during the lockdown, everything was closed.  

Veronika Heribanová said that a lot of employees that Rytmus supports lost their job due to COVID-19.  

Veronika said that now people with disabilities find it even more difficult to find a job.

Because companies are afraid to hire new employees.  

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Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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