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Government-level initiative to promote inclusive employment policies
The State Exchange on Employment & Disability is an initiative to help state and local governments take measures to integrate people with disabilities. Support is provided through intermediary organizations. Between 2015 and 2020 more than 300 integration policies were adopted by 42 US states and two territories.
US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), United States of America
Long-term inclusion in the open labour market, state-wide
Begun in 1983, the programme provides individually tailored support and thoughtful job matches for people with intellectual disabilities. By 2002, Vermont had closed all sheltered workshops. By 2016, 48 per cent of Vermonters receiving developmental disabilities services are employed in the regular workforce and paid at minimum wage or higher.
University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Supported Employment Programme of 1983 Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Agency of Human Services, Vermont, USA, United States of America
Rotary employment partnership
AACL connects individuals with developmental disabilities to the jobs created by Rotarians and assists the employers to sustain employment by maximally utilising natural supports. In 2012 there were over 30 clubs in Alberta involved and more than 200 jobs had been created with an average wage substantially above the minimum wage.
Alberta Association for Community Living, Rotary employment partnership, Canada
Hotel employment and training for persons with psychosocial disabilities
The Wesenufer Hotel in Austria was opened by Pro mente in 2008 and is a medium-sized seminar hotel that employs people with psychosocial impairments and provides them with multi-professional training. Due to the expansion of the hotel, the number of employees has increased from 20 to 54 by 2022.
Pro Mente Oberoesterreich, Wesenufer Hotel & Seminarkultur an der Donau, Austria
Person-centred job training and employment for people with disabilities
A vocational training centre provides support to people with neurological developmental disorders. Founded in 2014 with six participants, in 2020 there are 459. In addition, 217 people have been placed in paid employment, 21 in self-employment, and 96 in sheltered employment.
PFDA - Vocational Training Center Trust, PFDA-Vocational Training Center Trust, Bangladesh
Post-secondary inclusion: a path to employment
IPSE develops inclusive post-secondary education opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. The initiative has a proven track record, resulting in vastly superior rates of employment for adults with developmental disabilities in a broad array of jobs and careers with less dependency on human services.
Alberta Association for Community Living, Post-secondary inclusion: a path to employment, Canada
Providing summer internships for young people with disabilities
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton operates a variety of programmes supporting employment for people with disabilities. One such programme is Summer Employment Transitions, whereby young people (aged 16 to 29) are placed in summer internships supported by job coaches and paid by their employers.
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, Summer Employment Transitions, Canada
Fighting Stigma through Hollywood and Jobs Creation
The organization collaborates with Hollywood writers to promote positive, accurate, and diverse portrayals of disability. It has created the Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the Emmy Award-winning TV show “Born This Way,” starring people with Down syndrome. At the political level, RespectAbility focuses on employment
RespectAbility, United States of America
Integrated employment model
SPAGAT is a model for the integration of persons with severe disabilities into the employment world. SPAGAT provides support for, accompanies and finds work for such persons in the primary labour market. Companies pay for the actual work; the difference in productivity is subsidised by the provincial government, as are the mentors’ costs.
ifS - Institute for Social Services Vorarlberg, Integrated employment model, Austria
One-stop-shop for employment services
The JobAccess Programme addresses the lack of easily accessible and comprehensive information regarding government assistance for employers and employees with disabilities. Technical advice and financial subsidies are intended to facilitate the removal of barriers in the workplace. People with disabilities receive support to find and keep a job.
Australian Department of Social Services, One-stop-shop for employment services, Australia