As many projects, above all those dealing with social community issues, On my own…at work (OMO) has first been a dream. The dream of a Europe which belongs to everybody. The dream of a free circulation of workers or would-be workers with intellectual disabilities.
Such a dream has been dreamt by a very diverse group of actors: disability associations, hotels, universities and a foundation for equal rights at work.
A dream with deadlines: A Project
The moment you assign deadlines to your dreams they become projects. Our deadline is August 31st, 2017, when European funding, through the Erasmus + programme will come to an end. By that day we plan to have already set up a European network of hotels, restaurants and companies of the hospitality sector which host interns and employ people with intellectual disabilities.
The moment you assign deadlines to your dreams they become projects.
Tools to make the dream come true
OMO’s managing group has developed three concrete tools to facilitate the achievement of this dream:
- The first is an app for the trainees, available on smartphones or tablets, which stores tasks, tools and modes of actions for the task at hand.
- The second is a series of videos that illustrate examples of correct relationships between the trainees with intellectual disabilities and their co-workers, aimed at the latter.
- The third is for the restaurant and hotel management wishing to join the network: a code of conduct, an application manual of that code and a label that certifies their membership of the network. The name of the label is: Valueable and it foresees three engagement levels
What is the valueable badge?
The badge is awarded to companies which prove their awareness towards the opportunities of people with intellectual opportunities. It recognises the effort of companies and promotes their reputation as it is an an international CSR brand. The label is a potential source of competitive advantage for companies willing to be different from competitors based on their social commitment.
- The bronze label certifies specific conditions and actions aimed at non-discriminating and including, in addition to the provision of internships.
- The silver label requires a further engagement by the company: the employment of at least one worker with intellectual disabilities.
- The golden label is granted to those employers who act as ambassadors of the label.
Join the network. Get involved in the project
- People with intellectual disabilities can apply for an internship to a training agency or directly to a hotel or restaurant and experience the app.
- Training agencies can start new internships in hotels and restaurants and test our tools. Or test them in the framework of on- going internships of people with intellectual disabilities.
- Hotel /restaurants: welcome trainees with intellectual disabilities, show the video tutorials to your staff and adopt the code of conduct, through the adoption of appropriate procedures and the undertaking of positive actions as indicated in the self-assessment materials. It will improve your reputation and get an international CSR brand. The label is a potential source of competitive advantage for companies willing to be different from competitors based on their social commitment.
Omo Project Coordinator