Framed in the project #EmpleoParaTodos (#JobsForEveryone) of the Adecco Foundation, and supported by the company Kalmar, both entities have joined efforts to support the entity APADIS, the association of parents and people with intellectual disabilities of the Bay of Algeciras for the employment of people with disabilities in the city.
Kalmar and the Adecco Foundation have allocated 5,000 euros for the creation of a new social entrepreneurship project, by which people with disabilities can create their own line of artistic products for subsequent commercialization.
Through this project, technical and computer equipment for the screen printing of t-shirts, caps, cups and other items will be acquired; drawing and design workshops will be given so that the participants are autonomous in the execution; the products will be elaborated and, finally, the advertising and commercialization of the same will proceed.
The agreement has been signed by Miguel Ángel de Pedro, coordinator of the Adecco Foundation in Eastern Andalusia; José Jesús Corral Bello, director of Human Resources of KALMAR and Mª Isabel Vargas-Machuca Barea, president of APADIS Bahía de Algeciras.
According to De Pedro, "The ultimate goal of the project is to provide people with disabilities with the skills, knowledge, and skills that are key to their professional performance, while also increasing their autonomy and self-esteem, as they feel fulfilled with the final result of the products and their commercialization".
For its part, Corral Bello has indicated that they are "aware" of the lack of professional opportunities that people with intellectual disabilities have in Algeciras. "We feel an essential part of our responsibility to support them on their way to employment, this project being an excellent starting point to deploy their skills and bring them closer to the labor market," he said.
Finally, Vargas-Machuca, of APADIS Bahía de Algeciras, affirmed that "after completing their compulsory education, most people with intellectual disabilities do not have real opportunities for development." This initiative, therefore, "supposes - in his opinion - an excellent opportunity for our beneficiaries to prepare themselves for employment, exploiting their individual skills and feeling that they are key pieces of a professional project."
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