Welcome to the DISEMEX Project

Starting September 1st, 2018, the aim of the DISEMEX project is to analyse best practice examples of the inclusion of people with disabilities in the first labour market and to compare them structurally. 

On this basis, long-term guidelines on adaptability and transferability to other countries and thematic areas are to be developed.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

DISEMEX - a European Approach

 

Inclusion in the first labour market is a process that can only succeed throughout Europe if the particularities of different regions, states and labour markets are reflected. The DISEMEX consortium consists of 9 partners from different economic and social sectors, covering all regions of Europe.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

DISEMEX – Disability Employment Expert

The fundamental right of people with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others is clearly identified in Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) which has been ratified by all EU member states and thus is one of the declared aims of the European Union’s policy is to promote people with disabilities and social integration, summarized under the term “inclusion”.

According to the EASPD Employment Declaration of December 2014, people with disabilities are structurally disadvantaged in the labour market because of different barriers. Their labour market participation is still significantly lower than that of persons without disabilities and this situation has not significantly improved over the past 15 years. The persistent underemployment of persons with disabilities needs to be addressed with immediate action to end the situation of exclusion from the labour market.

The aim of our project is the exchange of good practice and benchmarking of best practice strategies aimed at facilitating the integration of people with disabilities into the first labour market and thus promoting inclusion.

Of particular interest are organisations and methods that reduce structural barriers without having a charitable claim to help. The aims of DISEMEX are empowerment projects, not transfer.

The aim of the organisations and projects under consideration is to enable the self-determination and independence of people with disabilities in society, not to promote their perception as cases of care and nursing. The results are recorded in a protocol and disseminated in various ways.

As part of the TPMs, we want to hold workshops at which best practice strategies for enabling employment of people with disabilities will be discussed. To this end, appropriate organisations and institutions will be visited and workshops will be held with project participants and relevant stakeholders in the respective partner country.

After extensive discussions with various experts, the consortium was able to develop an evaluation methodology on the basis of which best practice examples in the participating countries will be analysed. The preliminary results will be presented at REHACARE 2019.

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The fundamental right of people with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others, is clearly identified in Article 27 of the United Nationals Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) which has been ratified by all EU member states and thus one of the declared aims of the European Union’s policy is to promote people with disabilities and social integration, summarized under the term “inclusion”.

According to the EASPD Employment Declaration of December 2014, people with disabilities are structurally disadvantaged in the labour market because of different barriers. Their labour market participation is still significantly lower than that of persons without disabilities and this situation has not significantly improved over the past 15 years. The persistent underemployment of persons with disabilities needs to be addressed with immediate action to end the situation of exclusion from the labour market.

The aim of our project is the exchange of good practice and benchmarking of best practice strategies aimed at facilitating the integration of people with disabilities into the first labour market and thus promoting inclusion.

Of particular interest are organisations and methods that reduce structural barriers without having a charitable claim to help. The aim of DISEMEX are empowerment projects, not transfer.

The aim of the organisations and projects under consideration is to enable the self-determination and independence of people with disabilities in society, not to promote their perception as cases of care and nursing. The results are recorded in a protocol and disseminated in various ways.

As part of the TPMs, we want to hold workshops at which best practice strategies for enabling employment of people with disabilities will be discussed. To this end, appropriate organisations and institutions will be visited and workshops will be held with project participants and relevant stakeholders in the respective partner country.

After extensive discussions with various experts, the consortium was able to develop an evaluation methodology on the basis of which best practice examples in the participating countries will be analysed. The preliminary results will be presented at REHACARE 2019.

Target Groups

According to the EASPD Employment Declaration of December, 2014 people with disabilities are structurally disadvantaged in the labour market because of different barriers. Their labour market participation is still significantly lower than that of persons without disabilities and this situation has not significantly improved over the past 15 years. The persistent underemployment of persons with disabilities needs to be addressed with immediate action to end the situation of exclusion from the labour market. Hence, target groups can be defined as:

  • Directly involved target groups at the micro level are therefore people with disabilities, at the institutional level self-help organisations of people with disabilities and at the macro level, associations and political actors who try to exert structural influence on the perception of people with disabilities, foster employability and best practice examples of employment for people with disabilities and pursue corresponding concepts.
  • Indirect target groups are considerably more numerous. The acceptance of people with disabilities in society is an elementary expression of how marginalised groups are treated. The aim of addressing the UNCRPD guidelines is to achieve a sustainable impact in all social classes.

 

Target Groups

According to the EASPD Employment Declaration of December, 2014 people with disabilities are structurally disadvantaged in the labour market because of different barriers. Their labour market participation is still significantly lower than that of persons without disabilities and this situation has not significantly improved over the past 15 years. The persistent underemployment of persons with disabilities needs to be addressed with immediate action to end the situation of exclusion from the labour market. Hence, target groups can be defined as:

 

  • Directly involved target groups at the micro level are therefore people with disabilities, at the institutional level self-help organisations of people with disabilities and at the macro level associations and political actors who try to exert structural influence on the perception of people with disabilities, foster employability and best practice examples of employment for people with disabilities and pursue corresponding concepts.

 

  • Indirect target groups are considerably more numerous. The acceptance of people with disabilities in society is an elementary expression of how marginalised groups are treated. The aim of addressing the UNCRPD guidelines is to achieve a sustainable impact in all social classes.

DISEMEX 5th TPM

The 5th DISEMEX TPM took place in Palermo as a two-days event organised by the project partner CEIPES. The meeting included a management part, presentations of best practice case and one visit to the best practice institution.Social Cooperative “Equonomia”The...

DISEMEX 4th TPM

DISEMEX 4th PROJECT MEETINGThe 4th DISEMEX TPM was organized as a two-days event on March, 28-29 with a highly intensive programme, prepared by the project partner Izmir Governorship. Besides a compact management and planning part, there were institutional visits to...

DISEMEX 3rd TPM

3rd DISEMEX TPM (Transnational Project Meeting) in Sofia organised by the Bulgarian Development Agency.The 3rd DISEMEX TPM was held as a two-days event at the Hill Business Center in Sofia, organised by project partner BDA. On the first day, various organisational...

DISEMEX 2nd TPM

DISEMEX Second Project MeetingThe 2th DISEMEX TPM was held as a two-days event at the Contentital Forum in Oradea, organised by project partner ACTA.On the first day of the project, the organizational course was set, which will ensure a professional analysis of the...

DISEMEX – Kick Off TPM

The kickoff meeting marking the start of the multinational project “Disability Employment Expert” co-funded by Erasmus+ Adult Education Program was held in Dusseldorf by INTAMT on September 27 -28.

The DISEMEX – Consortium Partners

(1) INTAMT e.V. - NGO

The INTAMT Group consists of INTAMT e. V. and our logistics and project partner INTAMT GmbH. INTAMT developed the ENEX project and is project leader.

INTAMT GmbH is a private-sector consulting company with a substantial track record in organizing further trainings for professionals as well as facilitating cross-border knowledge transfer and cooperations, mainly relating to science and education as well as economy and innovation. Further key theme areas are public governance and municipal management; territorial planning and construction; utilities, public housing and communal services; energy efficiency, energy saving and renewable energy. Furthermore, INTAMT covers areas such as resource efficiency and environmental protection; as well as healthcare and medicine and social protection.

The International Academy for Management and Technology (INTAMT) e. V. was founded in 2005 with the aim of promoting knowledge transfer between the CIS states and the EU. INTAMT is a close-knit dedicated team of highly qualified professionals who have considerable life and work experience in both the EU and the CIS countries. INTAMT works closely with a network of federal, regional and local administrative and governmental bodies, universities, leading research institutions, innovation and technology centres as well as companies and associations in the CIS and EU states to achieve its goals.

Since 2005 INTAMT has implemented more than 600 projects worldwide. One of its main areas of activity is the further training of specialists from the former USSR as well as advising administrative and governmental bodies as well as  educational institutions. INTAMT acts both as an implementation and strategy development partner for actors in vocational education and training and adult education. INTAMT has organised, implemented and supervised a large number of study trips and further training courses for foreign (among others, Russian) vocational education and training experts, NGOs, trainers, teachers etc. in Germany and abroad and has developed corresponding methodological and didactic concepts.

(2) 36.6 Poland - NGO

36,6 Competence Centre (based in Lodz, POLAND) is an umbrella institution gathering professionals from many fields establishing an interdisciplinary Experts Zone for local development through an exchange of international experience.

Their motto (and the main idea behind the concept): 36,6 ºC means balance: Balance understood as local society quality of life increase through competencies development of its inhabitants within the support of well-qualified experts conducting educational, research, cultural and vocational guidance-based activities under the framework of international projects.

36,6 is a positive number (the ideal temperature of a human body), it gives you the guarantee that you are healthy. 36,6 Competence Centre aims for every individual to have that kind of guarantee for a healthy society and work balance, healthy in many ways leading to quality of life at four levels so to achieve a work-life balance: 4e: e-mployment, e-ducation, e-ntertainment/ private sphere and e-nvironment/ eco-awareness.

(3) 36.6 CC - Scotland - NGO

36.6 Competence Centre (Scotland) established in 2015 is a franchise of the highly successful Polish company 36,6 Competence Centre (based in Lodz, POLAND) set up in 2011. This new and dynamic organisation has been developed to increase European activity and to widen the programme of delivery to Scottish Employment sector organisations. The Scottish branch further develops the continuing EU work by adopting a similar approach through working with various organisations and acting as an umbrella company. This independent Scottish company models and complements the activities of 36.6 CC in Poland and we are mirroring these activities in Scotland along with increasing training delivery methodologies.

36.6 CC (Scotland) delivers a full array of training support through its local partner organisations including Educational organisations and NGOs working in the third sector supporting both employed and unemployed beneficiaries. We are involved in the development of competency skills of our participants/beneficiaries through the support of well-qualified experts conducting educational, research and cultural and vocational guidance-based activities under the framework of international projects.

 

(4) Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell'Educazione e lo Sviluppo (CEIPES) - NGO

CEIPES is a non-profit European organization with branches in more than 8 European countries. CEIPES’ work is inspired by the principles and values of peace and nonviolence, equality in diversity, human rights, democracy and active participation, respect for the environment, cooperation, communication, solidarity, social inclusion, respect, tolerance and interculturality. CEIPES works at local, European and international level with more than 40 organisations and public bodies that work in synergy to reach identical goals. At local level CEIPES coordinates the CEIPES Network, which is based in Sicily and counts more than 20 organisations as well as public and private bodies in the network.

The main purpose of CEIPES is to promote the Education and Development of young people and adults through activities in education, training, culture, nonviolence, interculturality, solidarity, human rights, active citizenship, international cooperation, and promote services thus contributing to human and civil growth at individual, community and global levels.

(5) OZARA d.o.o.

OZARA d.o.o. is a Service and Disability Company. It has a status of SME. Its mission is the training, employment, vocational rehabilitation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities (unemployed persons with disabilities, difficult-to-employ persons having limitations and barriers regarding employment and labour market integration opportunities due to illness, injury or functional limitations). Our professional teams consist of various profiles of experts (psychologist, sociologist, working therapist, technologist, professional workers, mentors, managers, financial managers, project managers, qualified workers etc.).

(6) Bulgarian Development Agency - NPO

The Bulgarian Development Agency (BDA) is a non-profit association undertaking activities for public benefit, established in Sofia, Bulgaria. The association aims to contribute to regional development as well as to promote democratic and integration processes in the context of a Knowledge Society. This is to be achieved through elaboration, localization and transfer of innovative training and education products, materials and methodologies; analysis, transfer and dissemination of best practices; establishment and promotion of centres of excellence, establishment and popularization of VET networks; digital skills and digital footprint for young people and adults.

 

(7) Asociatia Centrul European pentru Integrare Socioprofesionala (ACTA)

The European Centre for Socio-professional Integration ACTA (Abilities Career Training Attitude) promotes the educational activities, professional and social skills development of young people and adults in order to be able to adapt and to integrate effectively in a dynamic society. We are also committed to social integration and give equal opportunities to vocational skills learning for the most disadvantaged groups of people, those with special educational needs, social problems, and those with a high risk of social exclusion.

The ACTA Centre organizes activities and offers support for children and young people with disabilities and their families and also has an important role in expanding collaboration between schools and NGOs at community level. Our organisation aims to contribute to the economic and civic growth of individuals, through lifelong education and to draw attention to the importance of supporting the integration of disadvantaged and ethnic groups. These groups of people have benefited from career counseling, training for personal and professional development in accordance with the current requirements of the labour market. We wish to enhance people empowerment, entrepreneurship, creativity, social inclusion and the acceptance of cultural diversity through intercultural learning. We encourage people to develop their ideas and initiatives into concrete projects and we aid in developing their creativity and entrepreneurship skills. Our prime and foremost aim is to empower our people with  the most efficient and holistic methods.

(8) Governorship of İzmir

Governorship of İzmir (Izmir Valiligi) is one of the 81 province governorships of Turkey. Administration in Turkey is based on the principles of centralization and local administration. The administrative services of the country are carried out, besides the central administration, by local administration organizations, the provincial administrations (governorships).

Izmir Governorship represents the central government at provincial level. It is the highest public authority in the province and has a large structure that coordinates all activities in Izmir, the third biggest city in Turkey with a population of 4 million. The scope of activities includes education, security, environment, public works, culture, social services, health, integration of the disadvantaged      into the society, EU related activities etc.

The Izmir Governorship has 256 staff. There are several subunits under the Governorship, and the European Union and Foreign Relations Office is one of them. The Centre plays an active role in dissemination, exploitation, evaluation and the implementation parts of the projects in the Izmir province. The Centre has broad experience in developing partnerships, and is able to support and promote the implementation of European policy agenda for growth, jobs, equality and social inclusion at local, national and EU level. It also works in cooperation with relevant public, municipal and social actors at local and national level.

 

(9) Engelsiz Toplum Oluşturma Derneği (ETOD) - NGO

In the neighbourhood where we work most of the families live below the general standards of our country in terms of education and Gross Domestic Product per Capita, our aim is to draw attention to the mentally ill and physically handicapped children there and raise awareness among the community we live in. For those people who do not have citizenship rights, especially mothers, we aim to increase awareness in; mother and child relations, mother and father, wife and husband relations, mother and school relations, mother and community relations, mother and neighbourhood relations, mother and public community relations, mother and civil rights relations, and prepare seminars with the participants at the advisory board in public schools.

We also strive to give educational and financial support for all ages of successful people of the Mamak region in Ankara. Giving education to a large number of family members to enable them to be successful.

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The DISEMEX Project is led by the INTAMT Group, Düsseldorf.

Responsible project manager:

Name:
Dr. Dimitris Kazarnovskis
Tel: 0211 55 044 530
Mail: dkazarnovskis(at)intamt.de

The ENEX Project is led by the INTAMT Group, Düsseldorf.

Responsible project manager:

 

 

 

 

Name:
Dr. Dimitris Kazarnovskis
Tel:
0211 55 044 530
Mail:
dkazarnovskis(at)intamt.de

ERASMUS+

Funding number is: 2018-1-DE02-KA204-005223

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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