Employment of the hearing impaired

Solution
Employment of the hearing impaired
Organization
Sabooj
Country of Implementation
France
Region
Europe
Subregion
Western Europe
First published
31.12.2012

Sabooj is a French communications agency. In 2012 it was the only one of 500 so called "Entreprises Adaptées" (EA), with special facilities for providing employment for disabled. More than 80% of Sabooj's workers have disabilities. , i.e. hearing impairment. Sabojee has 70 clients of whom 75% are big companies.

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Marie-Helene DELAUXWebsite

Employment of persons with hearing impairment in visual and graphical creation and production, with 80% of workers with disabilities. Sabooj is a French communications agency. Although it is an Entreprise Adaptée (EA) or “adapted company” (a company with special facilities for providing employment for the disabled, but not to be confused with an “ESAT”*), it has 70 clients of whom 75% are big companies. It is the only one of 500 such companies (EA) that develops intellectual services, and the first “adapted” communications agency in Paris. More than 80% of its workers have disabilities, i.e. hearing impairment. Sabooj gives value to the competences of disabled people and in doing so tackles a huge preconception regarding their abilities. All its employees are deaf and in the communications field, where there is competition and no place for mistakes, they show their creativity, reactivity and capability to answer the expectations of hard-to-please clients who are, subsequently, both pleased and loyal. The employees are happy and very motivated; their pay is based on market rates. The agency has set up partnerships with graphical arts schools and other communications agencies. The main goal is to build a career path from education and training through to recruitment for disabled people who want to work in this field, offering internships or sandwich courses. * ESAT = Établissements et services d'aide par le travail. An ESAT is a medico-social association. An EA is a company established in common law as a limited company.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

Sabooj was established in 2009 and had a turnover of €451,053 in 2011. Five disabled people are employed with open-ended contracts. One has been contracted last September for three years as an alternating student with a view to obtaining his graphic designer’s diploma.

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Country of Implementation

France

Region of Implementation

Europe