Jobs for People with Disabilities
Unison NGO for Support of People with Special Needs is a leading organization advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Armenia. With the mission to achieve full inclusion for its beneficiaries, the organization regularly designs and implements grant-funded projects and other activities aimed at improving physical accessibility and access to information, promoting PWDs’ placement in gainful employment, fostering inclusive education, enhancing coordination and cooperation between disability-oriented organizations and other initiatives aimed at improved general well-being and social, cultural and economic integration of PWDs. With 17 years of experience in the field, Unison has achieved recognition as a top advocacy organization.
Most importantly, these individuals are working in an inclusive environment, so this is not a case of sheltered employment. Currently, Unison has started a promising cooperation with a diamond-processing business whose owners are willing to employ as many as 20-25 PWDs. They are now making their facilities accessible and Unison provides advice on how to make the adaptations correctly and cost-effectively. Unison is also recruiting suitable applicants for submission to the HR department of this business. Several other initiatives are also underway. Your quick action and support will allow Unison to successfully complete this year’s project and create more opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.
One of the most important on-going projects of Unison is promotion of employment for PWDs. However, in January 2019 Unison was suddenly deprived of the state support for this project. In spite of the absence of government and/orgrant support, Unison has continued serving young job seekers with disabilities. 9 PWDs have been placed to jobs since the beginning of the year, but needs the balance of funding to continue this important work through the end of the year.
Short Term Impact
In the near term, Unison’s efforts to help secure employment for PWDs will continue.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, because of Unison’s work, PWDs will continue to work, support their families and become contributing members of society. In addition, PWD in the work force will significantly contribute to a change in perceptions and bias toward PWDs.
All sponsors to this project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, Unison’s website and in any appropriate press related to this important project. Visitors to Armenia can visit this project.