New SEE Guide on Social Economy for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

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Today Social Economy Europe release the best practice guide: Social Economy for the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The guide, which is supported by the European Commission through the European Social Fund, highlights 12 examples of how social economy enterprises contribute to the social and labour integration of people with disabilities across the European Union, as well as to boost accesibility.

The 12 good practices include APEMH (Association des Parents d’Enfants Mentalement Handicapés), Luxembourg; Adelante Dolmen, Italy; Juncker Plan investment in ILUNION, Spain; The League of Historical and Accessible Cities, Europe; Ateliers Jean Del’Cour (JD’C), Belgium; FENACERCI, Portugal; AMADIP ESMENT, Spain; Tricentenaire group, Luxembourg; Les Genêts d’Or, France; Humana Nova, Croatia; TPK “Mara Dencheva” worker cooperative, Bulgaria and CECAP’s Group Social Business Factory, Spain.

SEE Guide on Social Econoy and People with Disabilities

We expect the new Disability Strategy to take a comprehensive approach to the social economy and generate awareness of the current contribution and the future potential of the sector for the achievement of the SDGs. Likewise, we expect the Action Plan for the Social Economy to promote the role that social economy can play to accelerate the integration of people with disabilities, through employment and provision of basic services, at all levels of society and of the economy.

The publication emphasises the unlocked potential to generate work opportunities for people with disabilities and underlines that in different EU countries “social economy enterprises employ up to three times more people with disabilities than traditional enterprises”.

This guide is one of several initiatives undertaken by the Social Economy and Disability Working Group (SE&D) of Social Economy Europe (SEE), the voice of the 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations. The working Group was created in 2018, in order to raise visibility of the role and potential of social economy enterprises to generate quality employment for people with disabilities and to promote their social and labour inclusion, and internally to strengthen the focus on disability throughout SEE’s areas of work.

The Social Economy and Disability Working Group of SEE is formed by Arfie (Association for Research and Training on Integration in Europe), CASES (Cooperativa António Sérgio para a Economia Social) represented by Confecoop in the Working Group, CECOP (European confederation of industrial and service cooperatives), ConcertES (Concertation des organisations representatives de l’économie sociale), the EFC (European Foundation Centre) and ENSIE (European Network of Social Integration Enterprises).

The creation of the Social Economy & People with Disabilities working group was a proposal of the European Foundation Centre in cooperation with its member Fundación ONCE. The aim of this publication is to raise awareness and promote the potential of European social economy enterprises and organisations in the inclusion of people with disabilities by sharing good practices which look at: employment, training and education, services and accessibility

The Covid-19 impact is also analysed by the publication, which recalls that people with disabilities “have been disproportionately affected by the crisis and the social distancing measures”. This is one of the reasons why Social Economy Europe has called on the EU institutions and governments to take into account and to invest in social economy and in people with disabilities, which represent more than 15% of the European population.

The production of this guide has been co-funded by the European Social Fund, in the framework of the Transnational Cooperation initiative, Social Economy and Disability (SE&D), led by Fundación ONCE within the ESF Spanish OP “Social Inclusion and Social Economy” 2014-2020.

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