Twenty professionals who work in inclusive education and community residential programs, as well as community center leadership and staff from the Ministry of Social Protection and the Ministry of Labor from the Republic of Moldova attended a three-day course on Supported Employment in Chisinau.
The Supported Employment workshop was part of the ongoing support and technical assistance by Keystone Human Services International (KHSI), through a grant from the Open Society Foundations. The workshop was led by Julie Allan of Kilsby, Allan and Morgan, LLC from the UK and guided by Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director of the Keystone Institute.
The workshop offered an introduction to the principles of Supported Employment, providing examples from multiple places and exposing the participants to the main principles of the service. Supported Employment is a service that assists people with disabilities to find and maintain a job, an important step in fully participating in community life. Importantly, people are supported to find work that fits their interests and capacities. Support for each person is highly individualized and can be customized as needed.
Supported Employment also assists employers to maximize the contributions from all of their employees.
Many of the young men of working age who have been supported to leave the Home for Children (Boys) with Mental Disabilities in Orhei through the Community for All-Moldova Program (implemented jointly by Keystone Moldova and the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family with financial support from the Open Society Foundations / Mental Health Initiative and Soros Foundation-Moldova) are eager to find work. Supported Employment would give these young men opportunities to find meaningful work in an area that fits their interests.
Work is continuing in the Community for All-Moldova Program to assist people with disabilities to lead full meaningful lives in the community. Not only are we committed to inclusive education and inclusive living situations, but we are looking at the best practices in inclusive employment.