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To address the problems of stereotypic attitudes on the part of employers, lack of vocational training programs that provide individuals with marketable skills, lack of employment-related services, under the funding from the USAID, Save the Children's Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment (LIFE) program finalized a Small Grants competition to Foster Vocational Education for People with Disabilities. Fourteen projects, submitted by DPOs/NGOs and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions were recommended for funding. The projects would be implemented from June 2013 to July 2014 in Yerevan and LIFE Program target marzes (Gegharkunik, Lori, Shirak, and Ararat) and more than 1200 persons with disabilities are expected to benefit from them.

Implementation of projects will provide PWDs with the following opportunities:
  • Improve physical and cognitive learning/work environments to integrate PWDs;
  • Develop inclusive environment in TVET Institutions and classes, improve access to inclusive vocational education by PWDs;
  • Link vocational education to job markets providing PWDs with internship or job opportunities;
  • Provide formal and/or non-formal inclusive vocational education and to develop PWDs skills and competences required to successfully enter into the labor market;
  • Develop an adapted methodology, curricula, supporting materials and teachers’ tools, necessary for providing inclusive vocational education for youth with disabilities;
  • Develop new vocational programs to meet market demand to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful transition into gainful employment;
  • Strengthen the links between vocational skills training institutions and employers, including private sector representatives as well as families and communities;
  • Eliminate all types of barriers, including psychological;
  • Develop Career guidance mechanisms that will offer youth with disabilities appropriate choices, based on individualized assessments of students’ skills and employability;
  • Strengthen institutional capacity of TVETs.


“Skarp” Health Center NGO

“Ughekits” Consulting, Training, Research NGO

“Meghvik” Children and Youth NGO

“Methodological Center for Professional Orientation” SNCO

“Paros” Centre of Disabled for Development of Education and Culture” NGO

“Prkutyun” Disabled children and Young people center” Charitable NGO

“Professional Education Reforms” NGO

“Tatev-95” Psychological Support and Counseling Center NGO

Armenian Association for the Disabled “Pyunic”

Shirak Regional State College

Yerevan Regional State College #1, SNCO

Yerevan Regional State College #2, SNCO

Yerevan State College of Informatics (YSCI)

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