Moldovan Professionals Receive Introduction to Supported Employment

Supported Employment Workshop ParticipantsTwenty 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.

About khsima

Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (KHSIMA) is non-profit, non-government organization working to create opportunities where people can grow, exercise self-determination, and be participating, contributing and valued members of their society. KHSIMA was registered as a Non-government organization at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova on June 23, 2004. KHSIMA’s foremost objective is to promote and develop opportunities in the form of direct service and best-practice training to further the independence of children and families who are in need of service due to disabling conditions, situations of poverty, abandonment, institutionalization, and other adverse societal conditions throughout Moldova. KHSIMA provides services to about 100 children from vulnerable families at two Children and Family Community Centers located in the villages of Tudora and Bacioi. The centers provide educational and social inclusion services for primary and middle school children whose parents are addicted to alcohol and live in very poor conditions; parents who went abroad for work and left the children with the grandparents, relatives or neighbors; and uneducated parents from very poor families. These children are at risk of being trafficked or entering into different criminal activities. Besides the activities within the centers, the children get two meals a day. Community for All – Moldova project is being implemented by Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association on the basis of a partnership established between the Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child; Open Society Mental Health Initiative; Soros Foundation – Moldova; Hope and Homes for Children; and Keystone Human Services International. The project goal is to contribute to the reform of care and social protection of individuals with disabilities to increase their social inclusion through: a) The development of community based services that meet the varying needs of people with disabilities and their families/caregivers; b) The development of legal and normative frameworks for the regulation of newly created services as alternatives to institutional care. KHSIMA is active in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities through the “Joint Media Strategy Group” (JMSG) project. JMSG is formed of active NGOs working in the disability field and has the goal to increase the population awareness regarding the disability issues, to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, to fight stigma and discrimination and to support the social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
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