About us

Salva Vita Foundation was established in 1993 with the mission of contributing to the creation of social equality for people with intellectual disabilities and building a multicoloured, inclusive society.

Services

Work Experience Programme

Our Workplace Training Program prepares students of special vocational schools and inactive adults with intellectual disabilities for integrated employment, by organizing for them a practice period at various companies in the open labour market. In small groups and with the help of a helper, our clients get to know several workplaces and jobs, they learn to accept workplace expectations, and get to know various workplace cultures.

Workplace Training Program at Schools

The school model program of WTP was developed by our foundation in 1996. It is run with success at special vocational schools, and it has been operating for 16 years as school preparation program for the employment of young people with intellectual disabilities. More than 150 employers co-operate with our program throughout the country.

Workplace Training for young adults

The Workplace Training Program for young adults was developed by our foundation in 2006 as an adaptation of the school model program, for adult, inactive job seekers with intellectual disabilities living in family.

Institutional Workplace Training Program

Developed as an adaptation of the school model program in 2006, the Institutional Workplace Training Program prepares people with disabilities living in residential settings or attending day-care centres for work outside the walls of the social institution.
Developed as an adaptation of the school model program in 2006, the Institutional Workplace Training Program prepares people with disabilities living in residential settings or attending day-care centres for work outside the walls of the social institution.

 Supported employment

When in 1996, Salva Vita’s professionals started to find jobs for our clients in the open labour-market, they met a great deal of fear and incomprehension, both on the side of the employers and on that of the disabled people and their families. The situation has improved since, as 16 years experience and an elaborate methodology help us in attending future employees and employers. We adapted the methodology of Supported Employment developed in the U.S. to the Hungarian situation, and remodelled it in accordance with the special needs of people with various disabilities.

Throughout our work, we endeavour to come to know future employers and employees thoroughly: we map their strengths and limits, and define those areas which need improvement for successful employment. Preparation goes according according to individual needs. After the successful preparation, we try to find the right person for the right job.

One of our most popular services, which provides security for both parties, is the so-called on-the-job coaching. It means, we are there at the workplace in the first period according to the needs of the employer and employee, we help to learn the new tasks and help to bring about a smooth integration.

After finding an employment, we are still there for employers and employees if they have any problem in connection with the employment.

 SE Fast-food

You meet them wherever you go in the city; and they are connected by invisible threads.

Within the framework of the TÁMOP 2.4.2. project called „The missing links restored”, 15 young people with disabilities work at McDonald’s in Budapest, mainly as cleaning staff in the lobby area. Their employment was assisted by our colleagues: mentors and coaches, as they could not find their way and cope with situations in the open labour-market.

After a personalized preparation, they participated in a group training and received a certificate of attending a registered adult-training. During the training, they learned about various jobs at fast-food restaurants, the organizational technicalities and culture, practised the proper behaviour at work, and prepared for the job interview. New skill-improving tools were developed for their training to make more efficient and interesting the improvement of social competence and employment knowledge of people with disabilities.

After the preparation period, all our clients were accompanied and helped by their personal mentor when starting the work, to make it easier to fit in the busy and bustling life at the fast-food restaurant. In the course of the program, the McDonald’s restaurants have become integrating workplaces, the heads of the restaurants participated in sensitizing trainings, while the staff experienced the advantages of organizational diversity, the loyalty of colleagues with disabilities, their strong work morals and enthusiasm.

Satisfaction indicators of the program are highly promising.

Employers

Employer’s award

The Disability-Friendly Workplace Award was initiated by the Salva Vita Foundation with the aim to promote the encounter of job seekers with disabilities and those employers who are ready to employ them.

The award is granted jointly by the Ministry of Human Reosources, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, the EFQM Hungarian Partner and the Salva Vita Foundation, for employers who meet the tender criteria. Receiving the award, the employer becomes entitled to use the Disability-Friendly Workplace logo.

Any employer can apply for the Disability-Friendly Workplace Award. It can be awarded to those employers who are committed to permanently improving their practices concerning the recruiting, employment, and retaining of people with disabilities. It may include the preparation of executives and staff for integrating people with disabilities; the improvement of accessibility, the defining of guiding principles concerning co-workers with disabilities.

The Disability-Friendly Workplace Award logo can be used in job advertisements or webpages, and it expresses towards job seekers with disabilities that the employer welcomes their application and is committed to the employment of people with disabilities.

 Employer’s forum

The MEF was initiated by our foundation with the aim that employers take action together against the employment discrimination of disadvantaged social groups; so that employers receive information and advice to promote the equality of opportunity, and so that they can share their experience with each other.

The Association is the first self-regulating organization of employers in Hungary which emphasizes the significance of equal treatment and equality of opportunity.

Members of the MEF who intend to set a good example by their joint effort are: Auchan, Budapest Bank, Budapest Esély Nonprofit Kft., Chinoin, IBM, Jól-Lét Foundation, Magyar Posta, Magyar Telekom, Manpower, MARS, MOL, Salva Vita Foundation, Tesco. All members strive to attain an employment practice ensuring the equality of opportunity and, are committed towards improvement and further development.

Our Main Objectives:

To provide professional support for employers to be able to ensure equal opportunities;
To promote the introduction of the international guiding principles of equal opportunities in Hungary;
To unite the employers with the aim that they take action together against employment discrimination of disadvantaged social groups;
To ensure the transfer of knowledge between the best nationwide, European Union, and international practices of equal opportunities;
To promote the exchange of experience between employers;
The Association welcomes new members who identify with their aims and want to take action for the equality of opportunity.

 Workplace analysis

Our foundation developed this special service with the aim to map the job opportunities for people with disabilities (intellectual, autistic, visually impaired, impaired in movement, impaired in hearing) at a given emoployer.

During the process we are looking for answers to the following questions:

- which target-groups of disabled people
- for what jobs,
- after what kind of preparation could be employed at the organization;
- what measurements need to be taken for accessibility;
- what advantages the employment of disabled people has for the employer.

 Trainings

As an accredited adult-training institution, we provide professional training services for employers. Our trainings target executives, HR experts, and the staff of companies where people with reduced working capacity are employed. The aim is to sensitize participants to accept disabled people at the workplace and, to help and create an accessible work environment.

Participants acquire practical knowledge about disabled people, information and skills necessary to be able to co-operate with them, and learn about the characteristics of their recruitment, selection and employment.

We offer 2, 4, 8, and 20 hours trainings; their topics are always adjusted to the employers’ needs.