On 8th November 2019, the Mars Foundation kicked off the training “New dynamics for professional inclusion of people on the autism spectrum” with the first face-to-face session in Hungary, Budapest, in the framework of the Erasmus+ project IVEA. The session addressed HR specialist working for potential employers willing to employ autistic adults, and decision makers.
The training took place in the KUBIK co-working office and was attended by 9 persons working for different companies. The training will be running until January 2020. It includes 40 hours of online training, and 10 hours of face-to-face sessions split into two different sessions with three different modules:
- Legislative framework and public incentives for the employment of people with disabilities
- About autism
- Good practices on employment of people with autism
Participants of the first face-to-face session came from the following companies:
Throughout February 2019, IVEA partners set three different focus groups in Spain, Hungary and Portugal to identify the soft skills that need to be addressed in the framework of the IVEA training to ensure full inclusion of persons with autism in the labour market. The IVEA project has chosen this form of qualitative research in order to raise the voice of persons with autism, families and employers and see what they lack in their training. Autismo Burgos, Mars Alapítvány and the Portuguese Federation of Autism have been asked about their perceptions, opinions, and experiences towards the aspects that are important to be addressed on the IVEA training for persons with autism and for employers and which must be taken into consideration when accessing the labor market. At this initial stage, a range of good practices in relation to employment have been also identified through a literature review.