23 Jun 2015

CETEM hosts the second consortium meeting of the WOODABILITY project

Four organizations from Turkey, Italy, Germany and Spain are involved in this European project to help achieve the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace and encourage the development of their skills and abilities through the furniture sector.


The WOODABILITY project has been approved by the European Commission through the Turkish National Agency within the Erasmus + projects for Strategic Alliance in Professional Training and was created as a tool for the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and capacities for the promotion of labor inclusion of people with disabilities in the furniture and wood industry..

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.

It has been proven that working in the furniture and wood industry helps to develop certain abilities and skills, such as divided attention or working memory. What the WOODABILITY project aims to study is which ones are developed in each of the jobs in the sector in order to create a training material through activities and occupational therapy related to the furniture industry that will allow people with disabilities to improve those skills and abilities that have been previously detected to further promote their integration into the labor market.

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

This is why the WOODABILITY project brings a multidisciplinary and transnational partnership of four organizations from Germany, Italy, Turkey and Spain to develop and validate a European specific training program based on which a pilot course will be held in Turkey with people with different types and degrees of disability.

At the meeting held today in CETEM were present representatives of the four participating organizations: the SSCD Association for Disabled People from Turkey, the International Centre for the Promotion of Education and Development from Italy, the Friedrich Alexander University from Germany and the Technological Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia.

The project is expected to last two years and has a total budget of 264,000€.