Keywords: Brazil, supported employment, intellectual disabilities, community

Instituto Clemente

Our practice aims to include people with intellectual disabilities in the open labour market, developing and stimulating their learning and growth from their own working life, in a contextualized and meaningful way, through a model that brings together 3 social technologies: supported employment, job club and community-based rehabilitation. The premise is to include in order to qualify, reversing the conventional model of qualifying to include. Our practice is divided into 3 modules: Module I – Professional Guidance (Work Club), Module II – Employment Development and Module III – Post-Inclusion Monitoring. The results achieved with our practice have been relevant.

About the practice at a glance
Name of OrganisationInstituto Jô Clemente
Type of organisationNational NGO and/or Service Provider
of Implementation
Year started2013
Funding modelSelf-financing. The financing model was designed to make the practice self-sustainable, thus enabling the continuous inclusion of new young people with disabilities. We serve people with disabilities for free. The financial contribution comes from the companies that adhere to the program and that support us monthly with financial resources during the term of the partnership for the execution of the project, paying a monthly scholarship for each person included as long as there is post-placement monitoring.


Impact and growth 

Prior to the implementation of this methodology, we recorded a very low rate of inclusion in the labour market, less than 100 people included (2009 to 2012). After this period, the number of people with intellectual disabilities included increased considerably, surpassing the number of 500 people / year between the years 2017 and 2019, demonstrating the impact of this methodology. 

90% of young people included in the job market remained in job after our 1 year support period  


The combination of three creative and virtually unknown social technologies in Brazil, namely, supported employment, job club and community-based rehabilitation, with easy replicability and proven social impact, aligned with the logic of including to qualify (instead of qualifying to include)  

Target group 

People with intellectual disabilities, but currently also extended to people with autism spectrum disorder. 

Other outcomes 

In 2019 the organization was invited by the São Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to participate in the construction of a public state program aimed at including people with disabilities in the labour market, based on our practice and our contributions. Based on this experience lived through the Institutes practice, the State Government launched a broad program entitled Meu Emprego Trabalho Inclusivo. 


We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:

Target GroupActivityImpactIndicator
People with disabilitiesProfessional inclusionJob creation and incomeTotal number of included people


We have not replicated our innovation yet, but it is a strategic priority and we have a clear idea about what to replicate, where and with which partners 

We want to replicate this model of job creation for people with disabilities for all regions of Brazil, especially the poorest, having as partners social organizations that already exist in the communities.

Our practice has three basic characteristics: low cost, easy replicability and proven social impact. It has already been replicated by similar organizations that requested our support for its implementation, such as AEDHA, Association for the Education of Men of Tomorrow, a non-profit organization, based in Campinas, which did not include people with disabilities, but began to carry out this work after being trained to replicate the model of the Instituto Clemente.



Our organisation has a strong financial and human structure but in order to make this expansion possible, we need other partners and funding The organization has 490 employees and 7.5 mio euro budget overall. This program represents 6% of their total budget.

Project lead: Flavio Gonzalez: 


In the next 3 years we hope that our practice will be adopted by companies across the Southeast of Brazil, starting with Rio de Janeiro. With the development of remote working methodologies, now accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic, we hope in 5 years to have our practice disseminated and applied in the main Brazilian cities and maybe to other countries of Latin America. 


The Professional Inclusion Program of People with intellectual disabilities, based on 3 social technologies that are: Supported Employment, Job Club, Community-Based Rehabilitation has been showing good results and knowledge and is our wish to grow the social impact that became even more important in pandemic times, which raised the unemployment worldwide. 

What is the organisation hoping to learn from taking part in the programme? 

Our main challenges are: to combat the prejudice, discrimination and the professional inclusion of people with disabilities in a social context with many injustice lack of opportunities