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Projects  » 20 Sep 2014, ESI CEE

Society and Work Inclusion Technologies for Children and Youths with ASD

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Disabled people in Bulgaria are more vulnerable to poverty and isolation than any other social group. Less than 10% of people with disabilities are employed or/ and involved in educational and training activities. People with disabilities are working mainly in sheltered or supported environment. For comparison, the average percentage of employed people with disabilities in the EU is between 40 and 50%.
A number of global IT companies have included autistic persons in diverse project teams, requiring various roles. Microsoft in Denmark recognized that whilst its own people had to be client facing, creative, and handle large amount of stress, these were not the attributes required to test and QA its software. An autistic person can make a significant contribution when given the right role and framework to work in.
Since 2007 ESI CEE has been trying to promote the talent of people with ASD for IT and expresses the willingness of IT companies – members of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies) to provide employment for persons with disabilities in the IT sector.
In 2011-2012 ESI CEE implemented a project “Model for IT training and employment of people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). It involved 20 young persons with ASD in ICT training and ICT internship in 8 ICT organizations. The project was promoted by the EC as one of the initiatives that helped people with autism to get a foothold on the employment ladder in Bulgaria.
The project Society and Work Inclusion Technologies for Children and Youths with ASD is a prolongation of the latter.
The project will reduce economic and social disparities to children and young people with autism by improving their digital competencies and competitive advantages in the labor market. The project partners expect that the gained new competences and skills in ICT area will support the effective integration of young people with autistic spectrum disorders in the labor market. The project is designed to pilot an innovative mechanism for self-help and solidarity by involving all stakeholders in the development and provision of the innovative training service.
These goals will become reality through series of training courses for all stakeholders - psychologists and special pedagogues, children and young people with ASD, employers. The partners will design and implement an innovative service – practical training in a simulated work environment where the persons with ASD will solve real life tasks and implement projects given by employers.
This document was created with financial support of the NGO programme in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism. The sole responsibility for the content of the document lies with the "European Software Institute - Centre Eastern Europe" and under no circumstances can be assumed that this document reflects the views of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Operator of the NGO programme in Bulgaria.

With the financial support of:

EEA Grants

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EEA Grants

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