|Down Syndrome Association: I am Independent Because I Work|
Grantee: Down Syndrome Association
Purpose: Employing youth with Down syndrome in private sector and scaling up the model
Grant Amount: 186,685 TL
Project Partner: Associazione Italiana Persone Down OnlusPeriod: 13 July 2015 – 15 July 2016
Almost 80% of persons with disabilities cannot participate in workforce (OZIDA). This rate is much higher for persons with mental disabilities. Employing them in sheltered work places is not enough for social participation. It is necessary to find innovative models for the employment of persons with mental disabilities.
"I recommend everyone to have a job. It eases your stress. I have a problem and staying at home because of this was quite boring. Now my life has changed. I was playing with my computer all day. Not anymore, because I have a job and I like working a lot."
"He likes working and wants to learn more. He goes out with his friends and orders stuff. He is happy that he comes to work and gets prepared by himself. He is cautious about not being late. He even reminds me not to be late. He says 'I am not a kid anymore'. He gives a scholarship to a university student.