Down Syndrome Association: I am Independent Because I Work 2
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Project Summary

Grantee: Down Syndrome Association

Purpose: Employing youth with mental disabilities, primarily with Down syndrome

Location: Ankara, Eskisehir, Istanbul

Grant Amount: 137,000 TL

Project Partner: Anadolu University Special Education Department

Period: 15 July 2016 – 14 July 2017



Almost 80% of persons with disabilities cannot participate in workforce (OZIDA). This rate is much higher for persons with mental disabilities. It is necessary to find innovative models for the employment of persons with mental disabilities.


Project Goals

  • A training program will be developed for job coaches who will support young people with mental disabilities at the work place.

  • Qualifications and criteria for being a job coach will be determined and the program will be reevaluated after the training.

  • The training model for job coaches will be shared and submitted to public institutions.

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