On December 2, 2016, specialists of the project “Accessible work” gave lectures on the following subjects: “Sheltered employment at the enterprise “ArtIdea”” and “Assisted employment by the example of the projects of the NGO “BelAPDIiMI” (“First steps to work”, “Your chance” and “Accessible work”). The lectures were organized by the Institute of professional development of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after M. Tank for defectology specialists working in boarding schools in Minsk, Rudensk, Horodeya, Orsha, Lyakhovichi, Chashniki, Baranovichi, Rechitsa and Zhodino.
We introduced them to work done in the public workshop “Warm house” and the enterprise “ArtIdea” where 80% of employed are people with disabilities, including people with intellectual disabilities. We also told them about the steps which should be taken for further employment of people with disabilities in the free labour market.
The audience was very interested in the experience of the specialists of the NGO “BelAPDIiMI”. Many questions were asked about technical devices which facilitate work of young people with disabilities, about particular features of organization of a working process in a workshop or an enterprise.
Also, the participants of the lectures were eager to know about the experience in assisted employment. They are pedagogues in educational institutions, and they vivaciously responded to the discussion of opportunities for further employment of their clients, they gave their own examples of work. The pedagogues were enthusiastic about the algorithm of work with clients, a preliminary diagnostics of their abilities and skills, work with an employer and further assistance at a working place.
It was a very exciting and informative two-way dialogue between the specialists of the project “Accessible work” and the defectology specialists. Everyone had gleaned something new and useful for him.