Duration 2 years: 1/10/2010 - 30/09/2012
"Equal opportunities for all!", this goal was formulated by the European Commission to enable people with disabilities unrestricted participation in society. Many ideas for integration in employment have already been set into practice. Until now, persons with disabilities haven’t had access to jobs in the social sector which explains the missing tradition of employing persons with disabilities in this field. From 2003 to 2006, an inclusive training model was developed in order to train people with disabilities to become advisers for persons with disabilities themselves. With this training model, people with disabilities for the first time ever were able to participate in a vocational training in the social sector on European level.
The main focus of the current IBB2 project is the interface between vocational training and employment. Adapted supporting systems which involve employers and the whole team in the workplace are needed to make this transition successful.
The project ended with a closing seminar held on the 19th of June 2012 in Brussels. The seminar was jointly organised by EASPD and Lebenshilfe Graz und Umgebung-Voitsbergtopics on the topics of inclusive care teams and new paths to employment in the social sector for people with learning disabilities.
You can find the final report of the seminar by clicking HERE.
Challenges and opportunities
The particular challenge now is to acknowledge that roles have shifted: people with learning disabilities are no longer users, but have become colleagues The establishment of integrative teams results in a win-win situation for all participants:
- Access to the social sector as a new of employment for people with learning disabilities
- Broadening perspectives through the creation of integrative teams involving all participants
- Contribution to society by means of an active diversity management
The overarching goal is the development of a comprehensive support model with the focus on diversity management and mentoring.
- Creating jobs in the social sector as well as creating sustainable labour market opportunities.
- Development of guidelines for the implementation of the mentoring model in each partner country.
- Compiling a course concept and training material to successfully implement integrative care worker teams.
This project has ben funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use wich may be made of the information contained therein.