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EU Solidarity: Supporting Employment of People with Disabilities

21/04/2021 - 09:52
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*Illustration from evland.ru website

 

“I got a [workplace] conflict resolved thanks to your recommendations. I got a transfer to another position,” shares her good news Marina from Tomsk, who had previously been pressured to quit her job.

Marina was able to keep her employment during the pandemic with the help from consultants of the Perekhvat (Intercept) scheme. Launched in September 2020 by the non-profit organization ‘Prostranstvo ravnykh vozmozhnostey’ (Equal Opportunity Space), the scheme benefits from a grant of the European Union under the action ‘EU solidarity with Russian civil society: assistance to elderly people and adults with disabilities. The Perekhvat scheme is integrated with the Everland platform supporting employment for people with various disabilities.

People with disability with a higher or vocational education tend to have a harder time than others finding a job or getting re-hired after being fired for a whole number of reasons: shortage of suitable local jobs, employers’ bias, lack of disability-inclusive environment, difficulties getting retrained, etc. That is exactly why during the pandemic, when companies have been forced to cut their staff, it has been vital to help people with disabilities keep their jobs, as they are the first group to be targeted for layoffs.

The Perekhvat scheme helps those who are subject to layoffs as well as those who have already lost their jobs. In the former case, Perekhvat’s consultants facilitate the employer and employee’s negotiations with aim to keep the employment (e.g. offering options like transfers to other position) or minimize the pains of severance.

Where the job cannot be kept, the support team assists the person with disability in finding a new job. Psychologists and career coaches conduct psychological and professional assessments, help the person obtain necessary knowledge and skills, and provide onboarding support at a new workplace.

Furthermore, the EU grant ensured seamless and uninterrupted functioning of the Everland platform for employment of people with disabilities amidst the pandemic-related market slump.  

Overall, the EU grant has facilitated assistance to 163 people with disabilities. The Perekhvat scheme, created to support people with disabilities through the pandemic, will continue operating further as an integral part of the Everland platform.      

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The action ‘EU solidarity with Russian civil society: assistance to elderly people and adults with disabilities’ is funded by the European Union and implemented by Charitable Foundation for Philanthropy Development CAF Russia. The action aims to provide help for elderly people and adults with disabilities in Russia to cope the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and its implications. Apart from the EU, the key donor of the action, individual contributions were made by Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.

 

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