Supported employment

 

 

Supported employment consists of services designed to enable people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment on the open labour market. These services provide a range of assistance such as job finding and coaching, providing equipment to help the person carry out their tasks, specialized job training and individually tailored support and supervision.

 

Research has shown that supported employment provides better outcomes for workers than more traditional forms of sheltered employment  (Beyer and Robinson, 2010). It has the following key elements: finding out what the person wants to do, matching the person to potential jobs, securing a paid job, breaking the job down into more easily teachable components and offering skilled on-the-training and on-going support.

 

Supported employment is also consistent  with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which has been in force since 3 May 2008 and  since 23rd December has been ratified by the European Union. Its Article 27 – “Work and Employment” says that “States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.”

 

Information in this and the other sections on supported employment is based on the following sources:

 

  1. Papancheva, I. (2009), Supported Employment: Creating A Working Model for Bulgaria
  2. Beyer, S. and Robinson, C. (2009) A Review of the Research Literature on Supported Employment:  A Report for the cross-Government learning disability employment strategy team. London: Department of Health, (http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_101431.pdf) 
  3. European Union of Supported Employment (2010), European Union of Supported Employment Toolkit

(http://www.euse.org/supported-employment-toolkit-2/EUSE%20Toolkit%202010.pdf)

 
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