18 Jun 2015

CETEM will host the second meeting of the WOODABILITY project consortium on June 23rd

In this European project four organizations from Turkey, Italy, Germany and Spain are involved to help the integration of disabled people in the workplace.

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The WOODABILITY project was born as a tool for the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and abilities to promote labor inclusion of people with disabilities in such traditional sectors as furniture and wood’s.

At least 16% of the EU27 working age population has a disability, many with the ability and the will to work. People with disabilities therefore constitute a significant potential for contribution to the economy and the labor market. The employment rate of disabled people is 50% as opposed to over 68% for non-disabled people, is already an indication that the potential of people with disabilities remains greatly underused.

People with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be inactive compared to non-disabled people. Moreover, the likelihood of disability increases with age, and, in the light of the current EU demographic situation, the occurrence of disability is expected to increase. Therefore it is crucial to address the needs of people with disabilities in order to allow them to better integrate into the labor market and to participate in society.

Currently, Associations and Experts providing services for persons with disabilities bet on occupational therapies for assessing the capabilities of each person and their uses and/or possibilities. These therapies aim to achieve persons to be as independent as possible in order to improve and maintain their quality of life.

But occupational therapies not only work to break down the barriers which impede individuals in their everyday activities, but it can also work contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities, identifying and improving the skills of each person in order to define which working activities can users perform in order to work in a specific workplace.

On the other hand, the EU furniture sector is a key driver of sustainable growth with a significant contribution to Europe‘s overall economic health, competitiveness, creativity, innovation, employment and export.

The furniture sector, as other traditional industries, is highly dependent on the workforce, and it has been demonstrated in different studies that some industrial tasks from these sectors can be performed by people that have some specific disabilities with a previous assessment of the skills and transversal capacities required for each workplace and the skills and transversal capacities of each person. Therefore, the furniture and woodworking sectors can contribute to labor and social inclusion.

In this context, WOODABILITY brings together a multidisciplinary and transnational partnership formed by 4 entitiesfrom Germany, Italy, Turkey and Spain.

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