Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
A co-working model of employment
|Name of Innovative Practice:||A co-working model of employment|
CHANGE has employed persons with learning disabilities (PWLD) in key roles on proper salaries and as equal members of staff for over 15 years. At CHANGE, PWLD develop accessible resources, deliver training and run projects. CHANGE is expert in employing PWLD and accessible working. CHANGE has developed its “Co-working Model of Employment”. The model ensures that two people can share responsibility and work together in an inclusive way.
Fewer than one in ten PWLD have a paid job; this job is usually low-paid and part-time. The CHANGE co-working model fills this gap, providing PWLD with an original and emancipatory approach to work. Working inclusively and accessibly is very challenging. CHANGE recruits experienced workers (with and without learning disabilities) such as illustrators to make the message as accessible by PWLD as possible. CHANGE has been supporting PWLD to pilot new and innovative approaches to inclusion and disseminate learning. CHANGE has won national and international awards. Most recently, it won the British Medical Association Award 2012 for Patient Resource of the Year for its series of accessible books about cancer.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
CHANGE has, recently, been expanding this model to other European countries (the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Moldova). It works closely with a number of self-advocacy organisations that work with, and on behalf of, PWLD to empower them to use the CHANGE model.
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