This project is focused on breaking down the boundaries that exist between intellectually impaired individuals and the mainstream labour market. It provides these young adults with the skills and tools they need in order to successfully integrate into the modern work place. A big part of our mission is to subvert the stereotypes and stigmas that hinder and prevent both impaired and unimpaired individuals alike from working, interacting and living together in a harmonious and value adding way.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In mainstream society there is a very real barrier that exists between intellectually impaired individuals and the work place. An estimated 99% of disabled people are excluded from employment in the open labour market, yet people with intellectual disabilities are able to provide unskilled/semi-skilled labour, can be trained to cope with highly skilled manual labour and are able to add value as well as anyone else.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Adult Integration Programme is tailored to intellectually impaired young adults. Individuals who have gone through the special schools system and have found that there are very few options that exist for expanding their knowledge. This project will provide these individuals with the skills and tools they need to successfully enter the mainstream labor market and begin a process of reintegration that will expand the horizons of impaired and unimpaired individuals alike.
Potential Long Term Impact
The long term effect of this project goes far beyond just economics. Individuals that come through our organisation are given a chance at a life that everyone, including themselves, never thought they could have. Our long term goal for every individual that attends our course is independence. Financial independence, social independence and eventually complete and sustainable independence.
Total Funding Received to Date: $50
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $50 . The original project funding goal was $72,000.