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LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT THROUGH FOSTERED EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM

   
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LIFE PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGHOUT ARMENIA

There are around 200,000 officially registered people living with some form of disability in Armenia. The majority of them continue facing problems caused by both societal perceptions o_photos/Gallery/index01.JPGf disability as well as laws and regulations which are poorly enforced and largely unknown to people with disabilities (PWD).Since 2012, Save the Children has been operating a Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment (LIFE) for People with Disabilities program, promoting equal employment opportunities and access to employment as a basic human right for people with disabilities. The program's strategic objective is to establish an effective model for provision of employment and vocational education services to PWD in Armenia through:

1. Personal development of PWD through assessments, skill enhancement and job placement;

2. Capacity building of service providers, DPOs, public/private employers, as well as technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions to meet the needs of PWD;

3. Public awareness and outreach to PWD;

4. Technical support to the Government of Armenia in developing, implementing and monitoring employment services for PWD and related strategies and policies. With funding from the US Agency for International Development, the program has recorded significant achievements in the period of 2012-2014, including but far not limited to:

  • internship or employment of 620 PWD;
  • vocational education of 950 PWD;
  • work readiness and life skills training for 485 PWD;
  • 27 grants provided to NGOs, DPOs, TVETs and business companies to support vocational education and job placement in inclusive work environment;
  • research, publications, recommendations for policy changes, public awareness raising and change of PWD and employee mentality toward disability, etc.

In 2015, Save the Children was granted a cost extension to scale up the implementation of the successful program. While the first phase of LIFE program was implemented in Yerevan and four provinces, the current phase covers the entire territory of Armenia. PWD from 18 to 64 years old will directly benefit from the program.

LIFE program partners are Activa International Foundation, Unison NGO, HDP Foundation and Full Life NGO. The program closely cooperates with the Ministry of Labour and Social Issues of Armenia, the State Employment Agency, local and province level authorities, employment centers, TVET institutions, employers, DPOs, NGOs, PWD, service providers, etc.

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