Jobs for people with intellectual disabilities: A Finnish experiment of corporate social responsibility . Heikki Seppälä The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD) Helsinki, Finland. People with ID and their employment.
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The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD)
People with ID are much better educated than before, many have vocational training they want real jobs
The sheltered workshops are full, but more and more people are coming out of schools, looking for work
The traditional service system based on sheltered workshops is expensive
Workshops are segregative, isolated and too much disability-centered (instead of being ability-centered)
Some current practices violate the human rights of users (eg. working without job contract / salary)
The baby boom generations (born 1945-50) are retiring, new workforce is needed to fill the gap left by them
The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities has enhanced a major change in the values and objectives of the disability policy in the country
More taxpayers are needed to finance the welfare society; people with disabilities are seen as one possible potential
New impulses to open the doors for people with disabilities to the labour market are needed
Not just giving money to charity, but…
“A company’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment (both ecological and social) in which it operates. Companies express this citizenship
(1) through their waste and pollution reduction processes,
(2) by contributing educational and social programs,
(3) by earning adequate returns on the employed resources.”(http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/corporate-social-responsibility.html)
K-chain is one of the two major chains of shops in Finland. The K-retailers´ Association (KA) has >1200 shopkeeper members around the country
As a part of its 100th anniversary 2012, KA wanted to promote the employment of people with ID in K-groceries, department stores, fuel stations, hardware stores etc.
It gave FAIDD some money to do the actual job.
20 new jobs for people with intellectual disabilities from May 2012 till April 2013 ( ).
In addition, 15 more cases where the process is still going on and will most probably result in signing a job contract ( ).
The success rate was 50%. There were 36 cases which did not result in signing a job contract.
A nation-wide alliance like ours can give a strong impulse to developing the service network and its practices
The shopkeepers and the people with intellectual disability are not the problem, but the attitudes and out-of-date practices of the staff in ID services and employment offices
The shopkeepers suffer from high turnover of their part-time staff – they see people with ID as a real possibility to recruit reliable, motivated and permanent staff
There are no success stories without the contribution of competent job coaches