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Talented neurodiversity. Labor market sensitive to the needs of people with ASD

Project Promoter: Fundacja DITERO
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 82 273,84 EUR
Gmina Gryfów Śląski
Fundacja Boskie Karkonoskie
Duration time: 1.11.2021-31.10.2023

Many of the problems of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) stem from peer pressure and the expectation that a child with ASD will behave ‘normally’ no matter the circumstances. This results in trauma in the adult life of such children. Therefore, we would like to help parents accept that children with ASD are different as well as show them that neurodiverse children have unique talents and that positive support for their development is a better way than ‘behaviour therapy’. In response to these challenges, within the project we will run workshops for parents of 20 children with ASD and provide them with psychological support. We will set up a Talent Discovery and Development Lab and deliver workshops to help discover and enhance the talents of twelve neurodiverse children. A business network sensitive to the needs of people with autism spectrum disorder will support and disseminate the results of the project. We will train the employees of 60 companies, and in 20 companies we will conduct audits on job creation opportunities for people with ASD. We will conduct day-long study trips to inspiring places linked to the talent pathways and to local companies that could be future workplaces for the participants of the project. We will encourage companies to provide patronage, substantive and technical support for projects implemented by young people. Our partners are the Gryfów Śląski Municipality and the Boskie Karkonoskie Foundation acting to promote sensitive, socially responsible business.