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Vates Foundation

Vates Foundation acts as an expert organisation for the equal employment of people with disabilities, long-term illnesses and people with partial work capacity.

Our modes of activity are development, advocacy, training, dissemination of information and active networking.

Vates works in co-operation with the employment, rehabilitation and education stakeholders.

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Vates Foundation carries out development, research and information projects, both nationally and internationally. We also act as a partner or development partner in projects conducted by others. Currently we cooperate in several national projects. Furthermore, we are involved as expert members in the steering groups of several projects.

Enhancing Social and Economic Inclusion through Independent Living

An Erasmus + project (2017-2020) involved 5 participating countries across the EU. The project was coordinated by Malta Federation Organisations Persons with Disabilities. Vates Foundation was one of five partners.

The objective of this initiative was to create a set of modules which will assist persons with intellectual disability to engage in independent living. This will be achieved by focusing on the current need to enhance communication, literacy and numeracy skills of persons with intellectual disability. The target was to provide these persons the means to be fully integrated within the social and economic national frameworks and also to be able to realize their inherent rights for independent living.


Job Shadow Day - DuoDay

Job shadow Day -logo jossa piirroshenkilöllä on pään tilalla hehkulamppu kuvastaen idean saamista. Taustalla sininen puoliympyrä.Job Shadow Day will be arranges on the 23rd of May here in Finland. The Event is patronized by the Minister of Labor Arto Satonen.

Job Shadow Day has been a success also in Finland. Last spring Job Shadow Day was organized 25.5. In work places there were over 180 job shadowers and about 140 employers were involved. The day was considered to be a good way to increase knowledge of the abilibities that people with disabilities have and also a good way to help young people to get familiar with working life.

IKEA took part in Job Shadow Day for the first time ever. IKEA´s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Leader IKEA Finland Catharina Van Den houwe wrote that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of IKEA’s values and is explicit part of our mission to create a better everyday life for the many people.

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International co-operation

Vates Foundation is a member of various international organisations, whose aim is to promote the employment and equality of people with disabilities and people with long-term illnesses.

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Vates gives recognition award to those who promote the employability of people with disabilities open-minded and develops new patterns. The first awards were granted to employers but now we award people who work passionately to find work for people with disabilities.