People with intellectual disabilities everywhere often find it very hard to find a job. Most of them do not work, and those who do often do not get a fair salary.
The “My Talents for Diversity“ project tackles this issue by promoting diversity management amongst private and public employers.
The focus of this project is the employment of people with intellectual disability in the primary job market.
The project will:
- map good practices in terms of inclusiveness around Europe
- based on the result, write a policy briefing with proposals on how to improve anti-discrimination laws
- offer capacity building and trainings to future employers, colleagues and employees with intellectual disabilities. The trainings aim to facilitate the process of employing people with intellectual disabilities, but also to raise awareness amongst employers on the possibility of hiring them.
Here are some examples of inclusive workplaces in Europe.
We combine social ideas with entrepreneurial action.
And that’s not all: We believe that entrepreneurial action is important
so that we can solve social problems.
This way one can bring about a change in society
that is successful in the long run.
Ninlil is the name of a goddess who defended herself against violence.
We use this name for our club, with two areas of operation: “Kraftwerk” offers advice, empowerment and networking to fight sexual violence against women with learning difficulties. “Zeitlupe” provides advice for women with different disabilities. Our topics are “Living / Living”, “Personal Assistance” and “Body / Sexuality”.
Lambo Laboratories was founded in 1865 and is one of the oldest and most respected family companies in Belgium. Over the years we have built up a high level of expertise in producing superior quality softgels for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. We export to more than 40 countries worldwide. Lambo Laboratories has a strong focus on social responsibility and also implements this in its day-to-day operations. In this way we build on a better world every day.
We support people with disabilities who need help finding work. Our services are for free. We will support you in finding and keeping your work through individual meetings. Meetings are usually once a week or by appointment and take place in Rytmus or in your city of residence. Once a month there are group meetings/ Job clubs where topics in the area of work/jobs are discussed.
Svarmil AS is one of the oldest private companies in the city of Kiviõli. It belongs to the international group Berendsen PLC. The company’s core business is a contracted sewing service. In addition to sewing work also product development is conducted. Svarmil AS employs 253 people. Next to its own production is also a subcontractor for Svarmil AS in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania about 250 people will be employed. About 5500 people live in Kiviõli. Svarmil is a very important employer in the region.
The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Kehitysvammaliitto) serves as a strong agent and pioneer of change in work towards a Finland where everyone is equal. Our goals can be summed up in a few words: Out of the margins! We carry out research, offer training, engage in development, communicate, exercise influence and produce materials with the aim of bringing people with disabilities out of the margins so that they can fully participate in the functioning of society and their own communities.
The human being in the modern achievement-oriented society is defined by work. This also applies to people with disabilities. With work according to their abilities, they are valuable employees in the company. We help people with disabilities to find the right job so that they are perceived as full members of society. Many of our clients and clients with disabilities have learning difficulties or physical limitations. Young people and students are a special target group. Integration is part of our self-image. Access’s team consists of disabled and non-disabled employees. All of them are highly qualified and generally have a vocational training in addition to a degree.
Public Services in Sardinia, Regional Committee of Sardinia
The cooperative was born in 1983 on the initiative of the Department of Social Services of the Municipality of Cagliari, which hoped to give a group of teenagers with social problems an important job in creating school gardens. The councilor’s intention was to make use of funding from a Regional Employment Law to give them work.
In 1985, thanks to the generous contribution and tenacity of the founding members, the Primavera 83 Cooperative began to operate. It also attended a convention in Assisi where the national project of social cooperation was born. To this date, Primavera 83 has been operating with great professionalism in the gardening sector for over 30 years, making use of the precious contribution of around a hundred workers.
Acerta – the power of people
Our customers, that’s what we go for. We take care of everything, so that you – as a young professional, self-employed person, employer or bookkeeper – can make maximum use of your own strength and that of your employees in every phase of your growth process.
Everything stands or falls with craftsmanship. That makes sense. But at Dolmans Landscaping Group it’s about more. We are passionate about landscapes, we shape greenery with passion. And you can see that every day with our nearly 900 employees. Dolmans Landscaping Group is an all-round multidisciplinary landscaping company, active in design, construction, maintenance of landscaping and associated civil engineering projects. Our business units work in different divisions, each with its own specialty. This ensures that we always go for the best possible result together: for companies, governments, institutions, sports clubs and individuals.
For more than 25 years, Alares has been offering innovative services that aim to care for people and their families and make their lives easier. In addition to improving the quality of life of all people, thanks to the provision of services needed in their day to day lives, we help promote social responsibility within any company designing plans to reconcile personal and work life. At the same time, we provide services through our own Contact Center made up of people with disabilities, which allows any organisation to outsource its services and focus on its business.
By financing sustainable investment expenses our ambition is to make a big, real and measurable impact. We create ties between associations and the corporate world in order to inspire vocations. Our intention is to enable people in underprivileged situations to smile again, to be in better health, to develop life skills and to access employment.
All the facts and figures that talk to our size and diversity and years of history, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of Deloitte: the impact we make in the world. So, when people ask, “what’s different about Deloitte?” the answer resides in the many specific examples of where we have helped Deloitte member firm clients, our people, and sections of society to achieve remarkable goals, solve complex problems or make meaningful progress. Deeper still, it’s in the beliefs, behaviors and fundamental sense of purpose that underpin all that we do.
Since 1989, we have created opportunities for people with disabilities to find a way forward. To develop at their own pace and based on their own conditions. With years of experience and solid knowledge, we guide and support people to get a job. Thanks to our background in the field we look at the individual’s needs and future. We walk this path together and take the time needed. The human being takes centre stage. The goal of our work is to let the job seeker and the employer feel secure and see the opportunities and benefits of an employment.
Finding a job is often difficult
for people with intellectual disabilities.
The “My Talents. For Diversity” project
supports people with intellectual disabilities
in finding a job.
The project connects people with intellectual disabilities
This project will do many things:
- find companies in Europe that are already inclusive;
- write documents for politicians,
so that they can make
better anti-discrimination laws;
- train people with disabilities and employers
on how to work together.
With these trainings, it will be easier
to employ people with intellectual disabilities.
These trainings will also show to everyone
that employing people with intellectual disabilities
is not as difficult as many people think.
Inclusion Europe is doing this project
with other organisations:
- Plena Inclusión from Spain
- EVPIT from Estonia
- Antwerp Management School from Belgium
This project has just started
and will continue until 2021.