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LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT THROUGH FOSTERED EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM
Round-table discussion in Yerevan
On November 23, 2012 within the scope of the “We all have the right to work” campaign, a round table discussion on "Cooperation with employers" was initiated by Save the Children, Unison NGO, HDP Foundation, and Full Life NGOs in cooperation with the Employment State Service Agency (SESA).
Round-table discussion with employers
Roundtable discussion on the "Report on the development of mechanisms to ensure the employment of disabled people" was held on October 17th, 2012 at Congress Hotel. The initiator of the event was the RA Ministry of Economy and the event was supported by the LIFE program. The event was attended by representatives of government and business organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations representing the interests of persons with disabilities.
Round-table discussion with employers in Artashat
On May 22, 2012 Human Dignity and Peace Foundation (HDPF) organized a round-table discussion with employers of Ararat marz in order to reveal employment issues of people with disabilities (PWDs): factors and obstacles affecting their activity in Armenia labor market. Ararat marz employers, as well as representatives of ECs, SESA, Save the Children, HDPF and other marz-based NGOs participated in the discussion on disability policy, PWDs labor market integration issues and rights.
During the discussion RA and international legislation on PWDs employment issues, samples of internal policy documents on non-discriminatory approach were presented. The discussion was focused on factors affecting PWD’s integration to Armenia labor market, particularly the role of vocational education institutions, necessity of awareness raising activities, incorrect or non-objective assessment of working capacity, lack of accessible transport and problems with PWD’s mobility. HDPF and SESA representatives presented State programs towards PWD’s employment and talked about some peculiarities of the program realization. A number of employers participating in the discussion have already started implementation of workplace adjustment programs in cooperation with Ararat Employment Centers (EC) and employed people with disabilities. Others expressed their willingness to cooperate with the LIFE program. Among them was Manvel Mkrtchyan, Director of furniture manufacture “Makagon” LLC, who agreed to hire a fellow who recently has passed training on wood curving organized by HDP Foundation.