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More and more companies in Europe are fully aware of the importance of their role in the society. Without forgetting they are a company which seeks profits, they do want to make a difference in the society. That is why Corporate Social Responsibility is included in marketing plans.

 At the same time, more and more, customers around the world seek for companies which care about the environment and the social structures. However, for many companies is not easy to know how to do it. For instance, many CEOs know they could have a more diverse staff but they don’t really know how to act to include in their workforce people with diverse abilities, or, said in other words, how to hire people with intellectual disabilities. Some are afraid people with ID will not be able to perform their tasks properly, others have the misconception that, hiring somebody with ID is “charity” so they can’t “afford” to do it.

 “Some CEOs have misconceptions about what it means hiring staff with ID: is not charity”


So, that is why On My Own At Work is born!

We are four European organisations (EDSAAIPDDown EspañaAPPT21) working closely with two universities (Università di BolognaUniversity degli Studi Roma Tre) and a Foundation (Adecco). Our partnership includes Vocational Education Training (VET) with a long-lasting experience in the inclusion sector. Our aim is to help hotels to find the ideal staff for attending their customers and clients with the best performing standards. The Omo project aims to break barriers and open doors for an accessible and inclusive society.

With the funding and the support of the European Commission within the programme Erasmus + Key Action 2 we are born to show that people with Intellectual Disability are not incapable of working because having an ID “simply means that they have different abilities”.

Our European network has already been spread through Spain, Portugal and Italy, but we want to reach further. Some very relevant hotels have already joined us (Hotel Roma Aurelia AnticaAxis Hoteis Group) and soon we will have them to explain their experiences, do you want to be the next one to offer an opportunity to a skilled worker with ID?

“The Omo project aims to break barriers and open doors for an accessible and inclusive society”


What is On My Own At Work?

Since November 2015 we are working on a European internship programme focused on the hospitality sector to help people with ID to develop their skills and, and the same time, to give companies in Europe the opportunity to reach further in their Social Corporate Responsibility hiring the proper staff.

With the aid of a tutor and an APP, the trainees can learn step by step how to develop their task independently with the goal of being as much autonomous as they could in their workplace.

Companies which want to get involved in the programme would also have access to specific material about how to introduce the new trainee in new tasks and orientation about good practices. The OMO Project is born to help both companies and staff-to-be so, if your company does really want to make a difference, contact us.


What do we offer? Technology, ability and professionality

Enrolling intellectual disable people in a business workforce may be challenging. However, many employers opt to hire them because they recognize that diversity within their workforce brings many business benefits and is a source of competitive advantage. It is a central factor in enhancing efficiency, productivity an overall business success.

It is very common to think that working with ID trainees implies readjusting tasks, however, we do believe in ability, that is why trainees with ID have the same responsibilities as any other colleague and are given the same instructions and directions of other employees performing the same job/hired in the same job position.

Providing an internship to a person with ID does not necessarily imply interventions to modify or redesign either the job or the tasks assigned to the intern. However, it may require another learning process. For this reason, we developed an APP that helps tutors to organize intern’s task and to fulfil what is expected of them.

“Trainees with ID have the same responsibilities as any other colleague in the same position”

By creating The On My Own At Work Project internship network we offer the companies the opportunity to pursue their social objectives, helping them to find skilled interns for their jobs vacancies and making sure there are no barriers nor discrimination. Even though interns do not always turn into an employee, internship programmes are indeed an opportunity to find competent workers and verify they are able to fulfil the company needs.

In addition, the support of the partners of The On My Own At Work Project is a guarantee of success as we provide every intern with the support of a tutor, plus the APP that would help interns to perform their tasks.

How does the APP work?

The application has been designed to help the trainee to organize his tasks and it also helps the tutor to organize tasks to be assigned to the trainee in the most appropriate way for him to learn. The APP is customized for every trainee and it can include many different kinds of content which may include organization of the working day and week, organization of the actions needed to complete the given tasks for the trainee with a check-list or memorization of products or tools necessary for carrying out a specific tasks.


Myths and facts about employing people with intellectual disability

Despite the positive experiences for both employers and employees with ID, there is still a tendency to believe that people with ID will not be able to perform their tasks properly. This and other misconceptions are spread but, as a professional network we have verified that:

  1. People with ID are as productive and reliable as any other employee.
  2. They tend to have better attendance records, stay with employers longer and have fewer accidents at work.
  3. Most of them only require minimal adjustments at work,
  4. Staff morale and organizational atmosphere are enhanced,
  5. Organizations, which prove to be accessible to disabled employees, in addition to customers, are more appealing to clients and all other stakeholders.


“People with ID are as productive and reliable as any other employee”