Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
Rotary employment partnership
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Rotary employment partnership|
|Organisation:||Alberta Association for Community Living|
Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL) works in partnership with Rotary clubs and Rotarians to create meaningful, fully inclusive employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Rotary is a worldwide service organisation consisting of business leaders, owners, professionals and managers who are committed to making a difference locally and globally. By capitalising on the substantive networking capacity of Rotarians to create jobs, this initiative has proven to be the most cost-effective employment strategy in Alberta over the last 10 years. AACL connects individuals with developmental disabilities to the jobs created by Rotarians and assists the employers to sustain employment by maximally utilising natural supports.
Individuals work in roles (office administration, front desk, assembly teams) and organisations that are highly valued and not commonly seen through more traditional supported employment practices (architectural & engineering firms, banks, manufacturing, charted accountancy firms, energy, etc). Most striking is the resultant public advocacy of major Alberta business leaders and companies in promoting the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
Originating in Alberta, this partnership has expanded to other regions in Canada (Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia). Partnerships now exist in Washington, USA, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
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