Unemployment and social exclusion have increased for people with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
This project, called KomAn, has started up a close partnership that can offer a complete package of solutions. The Swedish Employment Service, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and four municipalities – Värmdö, Haninge, Tyresö, and Nynäshamn – will work in cooperation.
Caption: KomAn works with people with disabilities
- When all these parties work together the whole way, new opportunities are created, says Carin Flemström, Project Manager.
KomAn provides development assistance to the parties' ordinary activities so that they are adapted to and accessible for target groups. The project works with mobilization of individual resources, adult education, supported employment and membership of social workers' cooperatives.
Interventions affect approximately 700 participants. Everyone is assessed individually and offered tailored solutions to approach the labour market. In particular, young participants between 18 and 36 are invited.
“Collaboration with adult education is one specialization that allows us to offer an important alternative to people who need more education. We have customized theoretical courses as well as specialized adult courses and on-the-job training.”
KomAn has over 50 people employed in the project, which has had a turnover of around SEK 100 million in three years. More than 600 participants have completed the process. In principle, the target has been achieved: 15% go on to regular education with a study allowance or work. People with severe disabilities or illnesses find it very difficult to get a job or study.
But the project will also test and evaluate models for social work and collaboration. There are ambitious plans to set trends in the field, not least through the work in cooperation with NGOs and experts.
The project will ensure that authorities work together better so that individuals are not shuffled between different authorities. Municipalities must cooperate to provide increased choice in upper secondary education and learning for disabled.
The vision is the creation of a local and regional labour market and education system for people with disabilities that is integrated into the parties' ordinary activities.
Employers must also be supported so that they dare to employ people from the target group, according to the project leaders. In this context, the project plans to develop and intensify the model of Supported Employment. Another requirement for decision-makers is that study assistance should be given more flexibly to people with disabilities.
“ In this project, we evaluate the outcome for the participants as well as whether we are successful in changing society's rules," says Carin Flemström.
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