Victory Development Partnership Project - Personal and Virtual Rehabilitation for IT-Employment

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Helsinki, 26 August, 2003 — The VICTORY development partnership project, under control of the Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities, is an Information Society related equal community initiative programme of the European Social Fund.

The priority of the project is Employment. The objective of the development activities is to try to find out solutions in order to prevent displacement from the information society of persons who are difficult-to-place. This is gained by taking information technology requirements into consideration in all the measures of rehabilitation.

General Information on the Project

The promoter organisations of the Finnish VICTORY development partnership project are the following: The Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities; The Insurance Rehabilitation Association; the city of Helsinki, Social Services Department; the town of Jyväskylä, Social and Health Services; the town of Järvenpää, Social and Health Services; the town of Kuopio, Social and Health Centre as well as the rural district of Rovaniemi, Social Centre.

The VICTORY project consists of three different projects: the national project, the transnational project and the project of good practices. The development partnership project will be carried out over the period of 15 May 2002 and 31 May 2005.

Financing

The VICTORY project is financed by the Ministry of Labour, the European Social Fund as well as by the following development partnership parties: the city of Helsinki, the towns of Järvenpää, Jyväskylä and Kuopio and the rural district of Rovaniemi.

Purpose and Objectives of the Project

The purpose of the development partnership project is to link IT-work with all the processes of rehabilitation, and to produce an IT-work model that would cover the whole range of rehabilitation and preparative training as well as an operation model, methods and tools for rehabilitative work activities. A further objective of the project includes creation of a model and tool for virtual rehabilitation available in the Internet environment.

The rehabilitative objective is to develop a rehabilitation model consisting of
- working capacity tests in IT
- rehabilitation and preparatory training aiming at everyday and/or working life use of IT
- work placement in IT-work
- mentoring, support and follow-up.

The objectives of rehabilitative work activities are
- to develop workshop models for everyday and professional use of IT and
- to chain rehabilitative work activities and preparatory training in workshops smoothly together.

By rehabilitative work activities, we mean all the measures to improve the rehabilitant´s qualifications for getting a job in the information sector, as well as to promote his/her chances to participate in training.

The third objective is to develop a virtual rehabilitator. It's an Internet-based communication network including all the necessary tools and documents needed for carrying out working capacity tests, eligibility appraisals, rehabilitation and preparatory training as well as everyday and professional workshop activities. The communication network helps the participants in the rehabilitation process, or in some other rehabilitation-related process, to enter into conversation with each other by distributing rehabilitative and preparative information from the computer databank.

The Department of Private Law at the University of Helsinki will be in charge of research work during the project. The aim is to find out what's the status of disabled persons in relation to labour market offering IT-work, and to rehabilitative and preparative IT-work as well as preparative work activities. The output of the research work will be multidisciplinary research material for the purposes of entering the labour market.

Target Groups

The following groups will be the target of the development activities:

- disabled persons who are difficult-to-place
- disabled persons having a job but are loosing it
- persons who go to work/persons who are on sick leave/persons who are entitled to rehabilitation benefit, in need of rehabilitation from different age groups and both genders.

National Development Partnership

The control group of the project consists of the representatives of the promoter organisations and those of the target groups, labor market organisations, employers´ organisations as well as of those responsible for carrying out the project. The control group's task, together with the working committee, is to control development activities during the project.

Specialists in different fields of rehabilitation, working in different rehabilitation units of the Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities around the country, are responsible for the development activities. Their know-how is a combination of the following occupational branches: Social Studies, Psychological Studies, Medical Studies, Business Studies, Business Operations and Marketing. Further fields include know-how on rehabilitation of multihandicapped persons, information technology and its applied use, as well as project working and management abilities.

Transnational Activities

The transnational development partnership network, called Work4.net, consists of the following partners:

- The FORWARD Project, Birmingham, England
- The Elbe Island Development Partnership, Hamburg, Germany
- The Partnership A.R.T.I.S., La Spezia and Savona, Italy
- The Development Partnership Victory, Helsinki, Finland.

Distribution of the Results

Several seminars will be arranged during the project in order to distribute expert knowledge.

The VICTORY project info at Victory www site.

Contact Information
Invalidiliitto ry
Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities
Kumpulantie 1 A
FIN-00520 HELSINKI
Tel: +358 9 613 191
Fax +358 9 146 1443

VICTORY Project Office:
Piilikuja 4
FIN-00700 HELSINKI
Tel: +358 9 2243 2582
Fax +358 9 2243 2505

Project Manager Aino Mäkelä
GSM +358 40 5804 499

More information
aino.makela@invalidiliitto.fi
http://www.invalidiliitto.fi
http://www.viktori.net/