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INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

KYIV, 13 MARCH


ENGAGING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Driven by the Agenda 2030, the United Nations (UN) is increasing its efforts to be more inclusive and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities. Following up on the recent assignment of Ms. Rupmani Chhetri, a UN volunteer with hearing impairment with the UN in Ukraine, the UN Volunteers programme in Ukraine organized a workshop with representatives of civil society, government, businesses, and international organizations, with three objectives: • Showcase best practices and impact of the engagement with persons with disabilities. • Document lessons learned and challenges for employing persons wit disabilities. • Strengthen knowledge sharing and partnerships among organizations engaging persons with disabilities. Held in Kyiv on 13 March 2018, the workshop provided a unique opportunity to exchange lessons learned and best practices with various stakeholders and to jointly develop a few recommendations to further facilitate the engagement of persons with disabilities.


“We at Auchan have sound experience of employing people with disabilities and the process of their adaptation to the working environment. After a pilot project in Lviv, people with disabilities now make nearly 5% of “Auchan” staff.” Olga Boiko, CSR Manager, Auchan

Step Forward: How Businesses Engage People with Disabilities

“When we talk about an inclusive society, it is important to co-operate with experts to install the appropriate ramps and handrails, and to design premises where all norms were considered and thought through (e.g. staff alarm buttons, children’s corner equipment, elevators, lifting ramps, tactile paving, ATMs for blind people with audio aid facilities, and many other features).”

Alina Mykhailenko, Chief Specialist of Public Relations and Media Department, Oschadbank


“Today, we can witness a certain upward trend in the employment of people with disabilities as part of an open recruitment market. Social assistance schemes can play an important role in this process; established between business sphere and people with disabilities and preparing all concerned for this employment and collaboration.” Roman Shtorgin, Director, State Rehabilitation Institution “Complex Rehabilitation Podillia Centre for People with Disabilities”

Social Assistance Scheme: Meaning and Its Role

“For the recruitment of a person with disability, it is important to have intermediary centers between business and an applicant that will support inclusion process and make it efficient.”

Olena Ivanova, Prograject Manager, “Promoting Mainstream Policies and Services for People with Disabilities in Ukraine”, UNDP


Iuliia Resenchuck, President, “ICA”, “Inclusive Country Association”

“People with disabilities usually don't take responsibility. are not the ones who are responsible . And this is also a lack of inclusion, because their social environment, their parents and relatives have to take the most of care for them, and people with disabilities do not often overcome barriers to their independence. These barriers should be addressed from the side of the society but also from the side of a person with disability.”

Problem of Misinformation in the Recruitment Process

“There is no limit to perfection! When any person is recruited, it is necessary to concentrate first on the person’s competencies, and only then to consider if they have disability or not. Three key challenges in the recruitment process (from the both sides) are 1) lack of information, 2) fear and 3) stereotypes.”

Nataliia Skrypka, Executive Director, National Assembly of People with Disabilities in Ukraine


RECRUITING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES


SHARING EXPERIENCE: CASE STUDIES AND PRACTICES During the second part of the workshop, the participants shared their practical experience and case studies in three working groups: • Creation of the Assignment and Candidate Selection; • Collaboration and Job Coaching; • Challenges and Solutions;


CREATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT AND CANDIDATE SELECTION


COLLABORATION & JOB COACHING

When recruiting a person with disability, we should first bear in mind that this person is a PROFESSIONAL!


COLLABORATION & JOB COACHING


POSSIBLE SOLUTIONSÂ Creation of a budget for inclusive infrastructure that will be shared by both the government and employers Establishment of an independent and transparent institution assigned to coordinate activities in this sphere Encouragement of full compliance with the inclusion principles, e.g. through national award ceremonies Simplification of laws for accessible infrastructure; creation of effective legislative mechanism Stimulation of the job creation for persons with disabilities through media and other means


CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES


LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND

Inclusive organizations for people with disabilities  

Driven by the Agenda 2030, the United Nations (UN) is increasing its efforts to be more inclusive and responsive to the needs of persons wit...

Inclusive organizations for people with disabilities  

Driven by the Agenda 2030, the United Nations (UN) is increasing its efforts to be more inclusive and responsive to the needs of persons wit...

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