Salva Vita Foundation was established in 1993 with the mission to foster the inclusion of disabled people into society and to build a more diverse society.
Our Basic Values
- Client-Centered services
- Comprehensive Approach
- High-quality services
I. SERVICES FOR THE CLIENTS
Work Experience Program (WEP)
Salva Vita has developed the WEP in 1996, to help students with learning disabilities to prepare for work and give them the opportunity to gain some real work experience during school years. In the program, they have the opportunity to complete practical training periods at various companies. In small groups and accompanied by a mentor, participants get to know several workplaces and jobs; they learn to meet workplace expectations, and get to experience diverse company cultures. It helps them to decide on their choice of job and gives them some very useful work experience before they actually start looking for a job.
Supported Employment Service
When, in 1996, Salva Vita’s professionals started to look for jobs for disabled clients, 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 then, as more than 20 years of experience and a comprehensive methodology allow us to help future employees and employers. We adapted the methodology of Supported Employment (developed in the U.S.) to the Hungarian situation, and remodeled it in accordance with the special needs of people with various disabilities.
Supported Employment is a highly personalized methodology that provides tailored-to-the-needs support for both the employers and those looking for a job. We assess the strengths and limits of each client, and define the areas which need improvement for successful employment. Preparation goes according to individual needs. After the successful preparation, we try to find the right person for the right job.
Job coaching is an essential part of Supported Employment. We are there at the workplace during the first period of employment and assist the new employee to learn his/her tasks and we help to bring about a smooth integration.
We also provide ongoing support / consultancy / mediation at any time during employment – according to the needs of the employer or employee.
CLUBS – WHAT WE ARE MOST PROUD OF
The Salva Vita has been organizing clubs for clients with learning disabilities and autism for over 25 years.
These clubs help our clients spend their free time together and are full of experiences.
Clubs are a proven form of group follow-up where our clients regularly meet us, share their experiences and work-related issues with the professionals and each other. Helping each other at the clubs contributes to keeping their job in the long run.
More information about the Clubs HERE
II. “DISABILITY-SMART” SERVICE PACKAGE FOR EMPLOYERS
Salva Vita developed a comprehensive service package to build disability-smart organizations and help them to remove barriers between companies and disabled people. Experience shows that the combination of the services described below, have contributed to the growing number of disabled employees in recent years.
The aim of the audit is to help employers to understand what needs to change, if disabled people are to be treated fairly. This helps organizations become fully accessible to disabled customers and employees.
We use questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and field-days to assess the present situation. In the audit report, we present our suggestions for workplace adaptations, the recruitment process, internal and external communication or useful training programs.
We provide professional training for executives, HR experts, and staff members of companies. Our training always builds on personal experiences and we involve disabled co-trainers. Our training includes topics such as reasonable adjustments, welcoming disabled customers, disability awareness, communication skills, etc.
We provide overall recruitment services for employers. Since we have 20+ years’ experience in employment services and access to a large pool of disabled people, we can provide them with potential candidates.
Consultation and guidance
Our disability consultants provide online, phone and personal consultation for employers during the recruitment and onboarding process of disabled candidates as well as throughout the employment period (e.g. conflict situations, dismissal etc.)
We produce practical guides for companies to use them for internal or external communication. We can also help to translate company information to an “easy-to-read” format.
In co-operation with our disabled partners, we can support companies organizing accessible corporate events or include disability awareness programs into corporate events.
Salva Vita, the Ministry of Human Resources, Hungarian Association for Excellence and American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary founded the award. It is given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing disabled people. The Award raises the reputation of the company demonstrating that it is a responsible employer.
The Employers’ Award has dual aims: on the one hand, using the Award Logo, it supports the bringing together of disabled job seekers and employers who are ready to employ them. On the other hand, it rewards employers which are committed to best practices regarding disability in the workplace. Receiving the award, the employer becomes entitled to use the Award Logo for 2 years.
More information about the program: http://fbm.hu/about-us/
The Forum, initiated by the Salva Vita Foundation and other companies, is the first membership organization in Hungary where responsible companies share their best practices in managing a diverse workforce. Members of the Forum employ almost 5% of the Hungarian workforce and they are determined to improve the employment situation of disadvantaged people.
More information about the program: http://mef.forum.hu/
III. SHOP WITH HEART – TRADEMARK, WEBSHOP AND DEVELOPMENT
The program joins forces with sheltered workshops that employ a high number of disabled employees. The focus of the program is to develop and modernize the product portfolio of these workshops, to ensure the high quality of the products and meet contemporary taste. We invite designers and artists to design new products for the workshops and we operate a web-shop to sell the products. We also support the workshops with central sales, marketing, and branding activities.
More information about the program: https://www.segitovasarlas.hu/english
IV. JOB FOR YOU, DREAM FOR ME! PROGRAM – DUODAY IN HUNGARY
This program is an adaptation of the Irish Job Shadow Day organized by IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment) and DuoDay organized in many European countries.
In the course of the Job Shadow Day, disabled participants explore the world of work by ‘shadowing’ someone (the workplace mentor) in the workplace as they go about their normal working routine. The aim of the program is to bring people with disabilities and employers together for one day to promote equal employment opportunities.
Through our programs, Salva Vita has built a diverse and strong network with special schools, employment services, employers, sheltered workshops, experts, designers, universities etc. We have a close cooperation with local authorities, the Ministry of Human Capacities and the relevant authorities, that we can utilize.
More information about the program: http://nekedmunka.hu/inenglish/
V. HIGHFIVE! PROGRAM – FOR THE YOUNGEST
The Salva Vita Foundation publishes a national call for tender for youngsters between 10-19 years of age – called HIGHFIVE! The aim of the tender is to facilitate personal encounters between youngsters and disabled people.
Applicant students and their teachers are asked to organize joint programs with disabled people. Any kind of program is welcome, where they can spend some time together and get an insight into each other’s daily lives. The ideal program is imaginative and attractive for both sides.
A successful program helps to remove ones’ prejudices and fears, and can form the attitudes of students for the rest of their lives. We hope that the youngsters who participate in the program will become open, responsibly-minded, empathic members of our society.
The applicant teams need to document their program and prepare a final application.
Applications need to be loaded on the program website. The 12 best applications will be awarded at the HIGHFIVE Award Gala in May 2019.
Our partners in the program are: ELTE Bárczi Gusztáv Special Education Faculty and
Council of Advocacy Organisations of Disabled People
Sponsor of the program is the Szerencsejáték Zrt. (Hungarian National Lottery)