Work is a basic part of self- and external perception as a member of society. That is why the DISEMEX Project focused on practices and empowerment projects with innovative approaches that promoted the employment of people with disabilities in the first labour market.

In the course of the project, the 9 partners from 8 countries have studied 22 different best practice examples of PWD employment in order to define the possible solutions of full professional inclusion of the project individuals, based on capabilities and self-determination of each person. 17 videos have been created to present these examples.

The project results should assist the public administrations and organisations involved in the facilitating of social inclusion of people with disabilities through employment in different countries to discover and understand the new opportunities, based on technological and social innovations. (DISEMEX Project report)

INTAMT, ACTA, 36,6 Poland, 36,6 Scotland, BDA, Izmir Governorship, CEIPES, OZARA d.o.o. and ETOD would like to thank you for your support and interest in our project.

We are glad to share the inspiring project results and a number of the videos with you.


Workplaces for disabled by disabled

This is a success story of a group of disabled from Łomża, a little town in the Northeast part of Poland. Few friends decided to start-up their own business by creating a Centre for Virtual Reality Experience. Inspiring case study on how to create workplaces for disabled by disabled on the first labour market while providing up-to-date services based on new technologies (Artificial Intelligence included) required and appreciated by the clients.

Read more about the TPM and site visits in Poland


“Maria´s world” wishes “Bon Appétit”

The foundation “Maria’s world” started as a small initiative for day care for people with mental disabilities, and looks currently after 35 clients. Some of them have become a part of the new project, a catering company “Bon Appétit”, which provides catering service for the centre itself as well as for external customers. Recently the foundation started to conduct practical non-formal traineeships for young people with mental disabilities with a total number of 15 persons. 10 of them already work in external positions: in a bakery, hotels, by cleaning companies of performing assisting office jobs.

“These work placements might be the first practical examples of integrating people with mental and intellectual disabilities into the labour market, although it is still heavily subsidized by state funding” (Consortium about the visit)

Read more about the TPM and site visits in Sofia

As part of the project activities, a survey of the designated best practices has been conducted. In total 30 companies took part in the DISEMEX employer online survey, half of those 53% are private entities, 33% - for profit organisations, 20% - NGOs, 16,7% - public bodies and 6,67% are self-employed.

66% companies answered that the disability doesn’t affect the employee’s work performance.

- 70% of employees have been hired according to the standard employment procedure, and not as a part of the inclusion project. 

It shows a positive trend of expanding social inclusion practices in the labour market. (DISEMEX Employer Survey Results)


Disabled inclusion officer for disabled employees

In memoriam: Rükiye Ray worked for IT company Akquinet (Hamburg). In a short report she talks about the importance of work for a person and a full participation in social life. As an inclusion officer, Rükiye Ray offered her colleagues advisory assistance on all kinds of official, professional and private matters. Since she herself is affected by a handicap, she was able to empathize in certain situations better and work out a solution together with the person seeking advice as a peer companion.

Unfortunately, Rükiye Ray passed away in December 2019.

5,5 % employees with disabilities in Westnetz

Westnetz is the Germany's largest distribution network operators, its achievements in the area of inclusion are the employment of 335 people with disabilities, which is 5.5 percent of all employees.

Training in the IT sector places high demands on trainees. But some companies deliberately make this career path accessible to all young people who are willing to learn. The winner of the Inclusion Prize for Business 2018, Westnetz, implements the idea of diversity and inclusion and has an above-average proportion of employees with severe disabilities. Among other things, the "Ich pack das" program ("I can do it", entry qualification) was developed here. It helps young people to get to know a profession in the form of an extended internship and, if interested, to continue this as a vocational training in the company. 


First in the world

Otosan Ford Koç Compay employs deaf people, people with autism and Down syndrome. According to the Otosan Ford Sustainability Report 2017, the employment of the people with mental disabilities at dangerous industrial production was the first of a kind experiment not only in Turkey, but in the world with admirable results reached in socialization, professional and general development of the employees.

To facilitate successful employment, the company began by getting detailed information from the families and teachers of the disabled employees to determine the most appropriate areas of work for them by working together with the workplace doctor, workplace psychologist, production engineers and OHS specialists.

Sustainability Report 2019

Work despite of disability

Another best practice example from Turkey is presented by Ramazan Kocaman, the human resources manager of Hakan Sac Metal A.Ş., who speaks about the company's employment policies. Five of its 165 employees have a disability. For these employees, the company offers internal training courses, psychological consulting and a barrier-free environment. To protect the interests of people with disabilities, the company has created a position of inclusion manager.

Ramazan Ulusoy (50% visual disability), graduated from the electrical department of university, working at Hakan Sac Metal A.Ş. for one year and regaining his confidence back, tells his success story in the following video.

Read more about the TPM and site visits in Izmir


Fortune Works/enable Glasgow, UK

Fortune Works is part of ENABLE Glasgow Branch. It is a membership organisation, run by their members, a grass roots charity. Operating within the city of Glasgow, Scotland, for up to 120 people with learning disabilities, the organisation aims to ensure these people and their carers’ are valued as equal citizens who have a real say in the services they are able to access. Fortune Works offer genuine working practices and ethics in a safe environment to learn and develop skills, which can lead to other opportunities for people with learning disability. In all areas of work service users get the chance to learn real skills and achieve real qualifications e.g. in food production, gardening, fabrication and creating items.

Read more about the TPM and the site visits in Scotland


OZARA Employment Center / OZARA d.o.o.

The Slovenian company for employment of people with disabilities OZARA d.o.o. is one of the few companies in Europe that works in the field of employment of people with disabilities and has the status of a full-fledged commercial enterprise. Depending on the needs of the clients the center offers a full scale of support, including professional trainings and employment of people with disabilities in a variety of jobs, such as cleaning, carpentry, painting etc. All employees are guided professionally by a team of mentors. 17 persons with different forms of disability are currently employed in production facilities.


A social enterprise Pupillam offers environment-friendly cleaning materials and other household products and services in their own online and offline store (zero waste concept) and must create a profit to survive in the marketplace. Being a sustainability-oriented social enterprise the pursuing to create a positive social impact through their operational policy and thus employ people from vulnerable groups, including the disabled, whom they try to involve in their work. Two vacancies of computer programmer and warehouse worker are now occupied by PWDs. The other focus of the company is employment of long-term unemployed persons.

Read more about the TPM and site visits in Slovenia


Children's aid project in Romania

The children's aid project Caminul Felix offers a new family to orphans and street children, many of them with emotional disorders and some with intellectual disabilities, thus helping them to integrate into society. The institution also maintains a dairy farm and various handicraft facilities where the children living there can acquire professional skills. The project is one of numerous international aid projects that were started after 1989, when the extent of neglect and neglect of Romanian street children and orphans became public worldwide.

Read more about the TPM and site visits in Romania

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