“Access to Employment” Program A Successful Model for Persons with Disabilities to Qualify for Employment in Accordance with International Standards
Research article Open access | Available online on: 08 September, 2019 | Last update: 08 September, 2019
What is this program?
Access to Employment Program is a personalized
employment program with a real difference
that it helps persons with disabilities reach their true potential and become successful members
of society. The program was a supportive,
encouraging, and inspirational journey for each candidate who joined this groundbreaking Mada initiative.
The main purpose of the program is about
empowering, supporting, mentoring, counselling and training People with Disabilities in the belief they can become job-ready. This inspirational program helps the candidates have the confidence to believe they can achieve some goals and
aspirations. This was achieved with the help and guidance of employment specialists who trained and mentored candidates by developing their skills through support plans and helping them prepare a portfolio of learning and skills. Each
session was followed up by action plans and how to overcome personal barriers.
What does the program offer? The accredited training was provided in a
supportive and encouraging training style to enable the participants to learn in a comfortable climate that would take into consideration their
disability and individual learning needs. The subjects covered were Basic Computer Skills, Administration and Customer Service and Communication Skills. Each graduate received certificates on each module and developed a
portfolio of learning and development activities.
Each candidate was assessed by Mada Assistive
Technology Specialists to ascertain what AT
equipment they required and what adaptations
were necessary. The assessments were detailed
and appropriate support plans were adhered to
so that regular reviews of AT equipment for the
candidate needs were maintained. Each candidate
also undertook medical appointments to make
sure they were able to become job ready and
document any additional concerns.