Fundación Ronda launches first space for social and labor reintegration for people with disabilities and their support networks

October 22, 2018
Communications Colunga Foundation

In Chile, according to the last National Disability Study, 20% of the population has a disability and of this 61% do not participate in the labor market, a situation that is associated, among other things, with multiple psychosocial factors that are particularly relevant with the implementation of the new inclusion law 21.015, which promotes the labor insertion of this community.

In that framework Round Foundation, an organization that promotes diversity and social and labor inclusion of groups with access barriers, launched the first space in Chile and Latin America for psychosocial development for people with disabilities and also for their families or support network.

The initiative, under the name Turn, will seek to meet this need from a training and motivational program with the support of a group of professionals from various disciplines (psychology, occupational therapy, coach, social assistance and communications, among others) and mentoring by representatives of public areas, private sector and civil society, including state authorities and paralympic athletes.

The launch was made with the participation of Minister of Labor, Nicolás Monckeberg; of the Minister of Sports, Pauline Kantor; of the General Manager of the CPC, Fernando Alvear, and of civil society figures and other areas, such as the Director of Inclusive NGO, Carlos Kaiser Y Alessia Injoque, Director of Equuales Foundation, all mentors in this initiative. On the occasion, they all met and presented themselves as mentors to a beneficiary, to whom they transmitted a message of support and commitment throughout the program.

"Today the law of labor inclusion puts us in front of a much more complex challenge than only the hiring of people with disabilities. It is an opportunity to generate social change and for this it is imperative to understand that there are psychosocial factors that are holding back the inclusion of people with disabilities, such as vulnerable contexts, lack of opportunities in education and professionally; low self-assessment of people with disabilities, excessive family protection and fear of discrimination, "he explains. María José Escudero, Executive Director of the Ronda Foundation.

"With this project we want to open a work space to mitigate that context, from the empowerment of the person with disabilities, but also from their immediate environment, which is key to trigger the social inclusion of that person. This is our great dream as a foundation, to create a model where people with disabilities can train for life and be what they want to be, "he adds.

This project will focus on the development of tools for self-management, communication, leadership and job readiness, contributing to their beneficiaries and their support networks to work on the dependency generated around disability and promote the potential for autonomy and well-being personal and social of the beneficiary.

The initiative will have its pilot stage between October and February in dependencies of Colunga Foundation, in a second phase to move to a center dedicated to the program, from which to expand its range within the community. 

Source: Ronda Foundation 

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