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The difficulties people with Down Syndrome face when working, explained by Pablo Pineda

Pablo Pineda, first European graduate with Down Syndrome.

Pablo Pineda, first European graduate with Down Syndrome.

24/04/2018

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On April 25, Pablo Pineda, first European graduate with Down Syndrome and advisor on diversity at Adecco Foundation, will talk about the difficulties when working. His conference is framed within the 1st Session on Labour Integration for People with Disabilities, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 noon in the Aula Magna of the Historical Building of the University of Barcelona. This meeting, organized by UB Chair – Adecco Foundation, will analyse the main challenges in labour integration in public institutions for people with disabilities.

Participants in this conference are Marina Romeo, lecturer of Social Psychology at the UB and director of the UB Chair – Adecco Foundation; the vice-rector for Equal Opportunities and Social Action, Maite Vilalta; the director-general of Commerce of Generalitat, Muntsa Vilalta; Lidia Garcia Chicano, expert advisor of Gerència de Serveis de Benestar Social (management for social wellbeing services) at the Barcelona Provincial Council, and Francesc X Pérez, regional coordinator in Adecco Foundation. 

During the session, open to teaching staff, students, companies and work centers, the results of the executive summaries of the Chair: Políticas y estrategias de integración laboral de personas con discapacidad y su efecto en la efectividad organizativa (EfO) y la calidad de vida laboral (CVL) and Desarrollo de políticas y estrategias de integración laboral de personas con discapacidad en centros especiales de empleo 2014-2018 will be presented.

Pablo Pineda, first European graduate student with Down Syndrome

Pineda, who won Conxa de Plata for his participation in the film Yo también, is the first European graduate student with Down Syndrome. He works at Adecco Foundation as advisor, where he carries out tasks on awareness and training for companies and society in general. He has published the books El reto de aprender (2013) and Niños con capacidades especiales (2015) and his career has turned him into an international model.


UB Chair – Adecco Foundation standing up for labour integration for people with disabilities

The University of Barcelona and Adecco Foundation signed a collaboration agreement in 2012 to promote this research chair, which highlights strategies on corporate social responsibility and human resources management regarding labour integration for people with disabilities.

The main aim of the Adecco Chair is to raise awareness and assess the process of labour integration for people with disabilities and the impact companies have on this process through their corporate responsibility policies and human resources management. This analysis intends to detect any walls, specific problems and dysfunctionalities that make it hard for these people to enter the labour market, as well as setting strategies and solutions to reduce these barriers or remove them and to incorporate people with disabilities into the labour market with equal footing.
 

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