Title Ability not Disability in Workplace
Project Number 2009-1-LV1-LEO05-00370
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text As a result, AnDiW project expects to contribute to the updating of the knowledge and competencies of the target users employers and trainers in the workplace, as well as to increase the employment rate of the disabled persons.
The reason of the project is to decrease the discrimination of people with disabilities in employment. According to the data from the Europe Statistics people with disabilities are at least 17% of the EU working age population, only 40% of them are employed, whereas this rate is 64.2% for the non-disabled. It is not corresponding to the European Employment Strategy objectives of reducing unemployment and fighting against social exclusion and EU Disability Action Plan and practical implementation of the United Convention on the rights of Disabled People. Within this context, is necessary to break the numerous barriers on the workplace. One of the more important barrier is employers wrong opinion about disabilities and abilities, lack of experience, information and motivation, existing model: "Why I must hire disabled if I can hire non disabled?"
Taking these arguments as a basis, “Ability not disability in Workplace” (AnDiW) project aim is to develop managers' and trainers' competence and skills. The objective of the project is to provide employers, human resources managers, recruitment companies, trainers and students with a modern innovated useful distance education course and support methodical materials. AnDiW project is based on previously approved LdV programme pilot project “Ability not Disability in Employment” (Agreement number: 2003-LV/03/B/F/PP-172.002)
The partnership that will implement the proposal counts with the participation of 5 organisations from 4 EU countries with the necessary skills and experience for the successful development of the project activities. This way, the partnership is composed of the organizations of different nature such as: a higher education state and private institutions (ISMA, Latvia and KVTK, Lithuania), the Latvian Umbrella Body For Disability Organisation SUSTENTO, an adult educational institution (VNB, Germany) and the group of experts in e-learning and online learning (STUDIO TAF sas., Italy). All these organizations will work together for the successful development of the project products.
The main results are:
1) Distance education course "Ability not Disability in Workplace" (book, 174 p.;
2) Tutor's Notes (paper-broshures, 70 p.);
3) Annexes to the Distance education Course / Compiled in the frame of experiences and good practices of partners countries (paper-broshures, 196 p.);
4) Medium that isbe used on dissemination and exploitation of results (text files, mailing lists, video, oral, etc.).
All products were adopted by the good practices of partners' countries, located in new innovative learning environment and available in German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian and English, medium - (number of copies 50 exemplar and website).
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
program or curricula
open and distance learning
The project results provide integrated resources for all the professional stakeholders (students, support workers and employers). Added value is the potential impact on parents and carers of people with disabilities: (a) in the information available from the results, and (b) as a learning resource for themselves to re-enter employment in a professional caring or supporting role.
The project outcomes and experiences were transferred to other EU and other countries’ educational and other relevant institutions.