Flying high, super scheme for those with special needs

COSTA Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA) recently hosted an event, at which Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga gave recognition to a number of private companies, which have partnered the Council in helping special needs’ individuals find work.

The scheme is called ALAS (Acompañamiento Labarol para el Avance Social/work partnering for social advancement), and the “alas” word also means wings.

For their participation in the scheme, The Mare Nostrum Resort; Limpiezas Domínguez; Hotel Suites Villa María, and H10 Costa Adeje Palace, along with Hard Rock Café Tenerife, were rewarded with recognitions for companies and individuals, who have worked to make a real difference.

Also present were representatives of nine new teams, about to embark on a work programme, adapted for the needs of individuals with special needs.

Mayor Fraga said: “There is a lot of inequality in our society, and we have to redress the balance where were can, to give those with special needs the help they require.

“This is something we have to continue to improve upon and change, and this is why the ALAS programme was born.

“We know that unless we work together as a society, we don’t advance as a society, and what we are doing is vindicating a right.”

The Mayor added: “I would encourage companies and families to work together to move this project forward; we certainly won’t want to move backwards in the fight for equality of all persons.”

The ALAS programme, based on a “work with assistance” principle, was introduced to the borough by the department for diversity in 2013.

Its main aim is to offer individuals with special needs the opportunity to improve their quality of life, by seeking employment in the best possible conditions for their inclusion in the world of work.

A team of professionals, engaged in the project, will accompany the new employees when and where needed, offering those individuals the right to seek “ordinary” work, and more independence.

New employees will have their “wing” assistants with them until they can fly solo. And, thanks to the scheme’s private companies involved, and their confidence in its operation and end goal, it is working for both individuals and their families.

Happily, they are finding a new world of opportunities opening up for them.


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