On April 15 in the “House of Hope” charity center “People with disabilities issues” thematic group working meeting was held. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the recommendations suggested by the new partner: Armenian Relief Society (ARS) for further cooperation and joint projects.
Representatives from Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform of Armenia/ARNAP Foundation, RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, ARS, “Unison”, “Full Life” and “Support to Communities” NGOs, State Employment Agency and Oxfam office in Armenia participated in the meeting.
During the meeting ARS representatives introduced their organization, the field of their activities and proposed to launch a new project regarding the employment and other issues in the field of DRR that adults with disabilities usually face with.
After discussing the idea with the participants it was decided:
• ARS will introduce the project after 24 April.
• ARNAP will circulate the suggested project within stakeholders.
• Relevant recommendations will be suggested by partners.
• In case of a necessity one more meeting will be organized for project discussions.
On September 29 a round table-discussion was held in “Best Western Congress” hotel.
Representatives from RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, RA State Employment Agency, regional and territorial employment centers, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as from business sector participated in the discussion.
The welcoming speech said Jina Sargizova (Save the Children, LIFE programme director), Armen Alaverdyan (“UNISON” NGO, Executive director, programme expert), Tsoghik Bejanyan (RA State Employment Agency, head of job advice and information department, programme expert).
The meeting was chaired by Gohar Galstyan (Save the Children, LIFE programme).
The objective of the meeting was to discuss with the employers the issues regarding cooperation with employers aimed at mitigating the employment problems of people with disabilities, improvement of service quality, the solving of obstacles and problems emerged during cooperation as well as elaboration of new mechanisms and means for the cooperation developments.
During the meeting the sides discussed the employer-job seeker cooperation, State Employment Agency programmes, employment agency programs, issues and provision of tertiary education for people with disabilities. Representatives from “Yerknayin Manana” and “IGHDZ” LLCs, “Security Dream” company and Yerevan State College of Informatics shared their best experience.
In the end of the discussion the participants were given “Inclusion of people with disabilities in employment” manuals.
On 19 September, 2012 the first meeting of DRR NP “issues faced by people with disabilities” thematic group was held in “House of Hope” charity center. The primary problem of the thematic group is to explore the issues related to employing people with disabilities in MoES.