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Occupational rehabilitation, guidance, training and employment for people with disabilities

Occupational rehabilitation, guidance, training and employment for people with disabilities
  • Guidance document
Udbyder: 
National Federation of Employers of Enterprises Employing Disabled Persons (Bulgaria, Knowledge Centre Social Europe; Belgium, Association ‘Horizons’)
Beskrivelse: 

This guidance document aims to encourage social and labour market inclusion of people with disabilities through partnership between non-governmental organisations, municipalities, private businesses and employment offices. It includes examples of best practice from both Bulgaria and Belgium. The presented examples demonstrate social inclusion of people with disabilities (many of whom are older persons) through rehabilitation, training and ensuring an appropriate working environment that is adapted to their needs.

The main objective of this publication is to encourage social and labour market inclusion of people with disabilities (including older people with disabilities) through partnership. Partnerships between non-governmental organisations, municipalities, private businesses and employment offices are the focus.

Existing examples of best practice in Bulgaria were compiled using specially developed methodological guidelines and are presented in this guidance document. Belgium is the focus of research and development in this publication, with the approaches taken in Bulgaria serving as a basis for this country. The aims in Belgium are to:

  • improve the productivity of people with disabilities through vocational training and rehabilitation;
  • introduce rehabilitation support services and return to work for people with disabilities.

As part of the project of which this publication is a part, workshops were also held in Bulgaria and Belgium. These were organised to discuss the methodology, results and dissemination of the findings of this project. The aim was to disseminate this accumulated knowledge among state institutions, employers, organisations representing people with disabilities and labour offices, among others.

Yderligere oplysninger: 
This document was prepared in 2012 under the project of the National federation of employers of disabled persons ‘Innovative measures in the field of occupational rehabilitation, guidance, training and employment for people with disabilities’, funded by the European Social Fund (operational programme: ‘human resources development’).