22 julio, 2017

Supported Employment in Chile. Engaging through communication.

Author: Constanza López Radrigán. Presented at “Economy and Employers” Breakout Session of the 1st Supported Employment World Conference, June 14th, 2017. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Labour markets function nowadays in more flexible and efficient ways, thanks to technology, which provides in human relationships new and more opportunities to face and solve problems. Technology has also increased access opportunities and developments for technical adaptations. Workers with disabilities experience the positive and negative aspects of technology, which is not always sufficient to provide the support they need to react and adapt to these changes, with the speed labour markets nowadays demand.

In this scenario Supported Employment emerged for us, as the more accurate and efficient model to intermediate and support every actor involved in an inclusion process, providing the needed sustainability and flexibility through the delivery of professional supports.

It gives us today the opportunity to put the accent on labour rights of people with disabilities, and also to address the environment needs (of the workplace, the employer, the family network, and the productivity demands of regional labour markets). And finally it also gives us the opportunity to end with the charity perspective on labour inclusion, breaking stereotypes on an effort to put disability in the public debate from a new angle.


  1. Addressing Regional Labour Markets: How legislation can determine quantity and quality of labour inclusion
    1. Disability Quota Law in Chile: the project that violates our international commitment to disability
    2. Supported Employment: Research and application in Chile
    3. Good practices experiences in AVANZA – Chile
  2. Strategic Communication in labour inclusion processes’ management
  3. Challenges ahead