Employ

This year, Inclusion Europe wants to raise more awareness about ongoing discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities in the labour market, but also showcase good practices and initiate discussions on how we can make inclusive employment happen everywhere in Europe.

Employ campaign - everyone has a right to work

This year, Inclusion Europe wants to raise more awareness about ongoing discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities in the labour market, but also showcase good practices and initiate discussions on how we can make inclusive employment happen everywhere in Europe.

People with disabilities have a right to work just like everybody else. However, people with intellectual disabilities face significant obstacles in access to employment. To achieve an inclusive society where people with intellectual disabilities make their own choices and live independently, secure employment is essential. Having a job ensures people with disabilities have financial independence, feel valuable, and contribute their talents to society.

 

Having a job is about being independent,  it is about having co-workers and it makes me feel that what I do is important. I have been working for a long time and I am happy with my job. But I know not all people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to have a job.” Soufiane El Amrani

How to support employment of people with intellectual disabilities

Videos supporting the employment of people with intellectual disabilities

 

Having a job means having the freedom to make your own choices and to control your life. People with intellectual disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to jobs and employment opportunities. But there are many companies in all kinds of industries that benefit from their skills and their great attitude.

Employing people with intellectual disabilities is important to them for several reasons. First of all, it grants them financial independence. The majority of people with intellectual disabilities are unemployed, making the opportunity for financial independence is life-changing.

The Importance of having a job for people with intellectual disabilities

We have made multiple videos that show ways of supporting the employment of people with intellectual disabilities; optimisation, customised employment, reasonable accommodations, job coaching, roles of families and specialised training. Check the articles below for more information.

Having a job means having freedom to make your own choices and to control your own life.

With the majority of people with intellectual disabilities being unemployed, it is important to raise awareness on the importance of offering jobs to them and changing their lives for the better.

The Importance of having a job for people with intellectual disabilities – video

As part of “My Talents. For Diversity” project, we have produced videos to promote diversity management amongst private and public employers.

My Talents For Diversity project

The “My Talents for Diversity“ project tackles the issue of unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities by promoting diversity management amongst private and public employers. The project focuses on the employment of people with intellectual disabilities in the primary job market. Below you can find outcomes from the project.

Research about inclusive employment

Training material

Employment and Covid-19

 

We would like to hear from you

Do you want to show how inclusion in the labour market works?
We invite you to take part in Inclusion Europe’s campaign “Employ – everyone has a right to work”

 

Up for an interview?

We want to share stories of inclusive workplaces, companies and institutions. Stories of people with intellectual disabilities that has experience with working or getting a job. We want to show that offering work to people with intellectual disabilities is highly beneficial not only for the employees but for the company as well.

Please get in touch with us at comms@inclusion-europe.org if you are:

  • A person with an intellectual disability
  • A person with an intellectual disability who has a job
  • A person with an intellectual disability that has experience with working or getting a job
  • A teacher/ teaching assistant teaching in a class which includes pupils/students with intellectual disabilities
  • A parent of a person with intellectual disabilities
  • A company or an institution working towards inclusion
  • Expert on the topic of inclusive employment

Articles about employment

Together for Rights campaign; Ukraine; Disability employment package; EU Care Strategy – #IncludeNews September 2022
Overview of news, reports, policies relevant to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe.
Inclusion Europe awarded with the European Citizen’s Prize for the “My Talents. For Diversity” project
The European Citizen’s Prize recognises initiatives that contribute to European cooperation and the promotion of common values.
Inclusion Europe Annual Report 2021: 1 million impressions on social media
Europe in Action to End Segregation conference takes place from 7 to 9 September 2022 in Brussels.
Inclusion Europe published a new edition of “Europe for us” – Easy to read Magazine
Europe for us is our newsletter for self-advocates. It is written in easy-to-read.

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.

Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your support. 

Become Inclusion Europe supporter and help us keep doing our work.

 

 

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