A guide including promising practices
Why a guide including promising practices
This good practices guidebook aims to promote equal opportunity
regarding employment and the securing of career paths for young
persons with disabilities, in accordance with the article 27 of the international Convention relative to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Its main goal is to collect good European practices regarding the securing of career paths and to present and comment them. The second goal is to build upon these potent strategies, thus allowing their dissemination at the European level towards professionals and service providers. Finally, the third goal : learn from the gathered lessons. They will be implemented in a « toolbox ». From this toolbox, a training kit will be created for use by 120 professionals : collaborators or volunteers from associations working in favor of young people.
This original guidebook puts 16 good European practices in the spotlight, without strictly restricting itself to supported employment measures. This way, innovations developed in other employment networks found their way into the guidebook. Furthermore, operators officiating in countries benefitting from a protected environment and promoting the transition from this environment to a regular workplace are also presented. It is the logic of securing career paths and work through partnerships that is here valued.
The DESC partners have selected practices from their respective networks, with a focus on those dealing with:
• managing transitions (school-employment, employment in a protected environment-employment in a regular environment)
• two-way accompaniment, for the young and the employers.
They were specifically told that good practices, as intended by the DESC program partners, were those acting on three levels:
1/ Support of young persons with disabilities
2/ Support of employers
3/ Working in partnership / network with other service providers, associations or field actors, a multdisciplinary approach.
A guidebook structured around four main axes
The first part focuses on initiatives aiming to promote and secure the transition from school to employment, from a protected environment to a regular one, for young persons with disabilities.
The second part goes through potent, tested measures concerning support to employment in an regular environment.
The third part details initiatives on promising transition measures which are still being experimented.
Finally, the fourth part outlines the recommandations from the DESC partners.
A joint effort for a guidebook translated in four languages
To create this guide, each partner contributed to formulate a survey: «collection of practices aiming to secure career paths and supported employment». Once this survey was completed and translated into English, it was disseminated by each partner in its own network, to partners close to these subjects.
The collection of practicies was then read and listed. The outstanding practices were singled out and regrouped in order to form the good practices guidebook. The DESC sponsors made technical and political recommandations. This document is, for now, available in English and French, with Spanish and Italian versions coming in 2016. 500 copies were printed in each language, and a digital version is also available
To sponsor and to broadcast on a large scale
Partners organize, individually or collectively, promotion events concerning the securing of career paths and supported employment (EDEW). The guidebook is presented within each event and made available to all participants. The guide is available in a digital format on the EASPD, L’ADAPT, Fundación Emplea and Scuola Viva Onlus websites.