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European Brain Employers

door C.J. Hans VAN DE VELDE
Taal: NL
Document available also in: EN



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  • afbeelding van Katarzyna HOREMANS

    With big interest I read about this initiative. As a career counsellor I would like to learn more on how to guide and what strategy to offer to those employees who suffer from mental condition like ADHD, ADD, autism or related disorders.

    What I find difficult is to spot it through the first meeting(s) with the clients. Many of them are not aware of having these conditions, they were never diagnosed, never questioned. Many faced instead, difficult childhood and horrific education period. Many do not believe in their potential...

    I would like to incorporate some of the tools in my career toolbox and offer it in as wide extent as possible. I believe that this component is very often missing in the HR strategy of many copmanies.



  • afbeelding van C.J. Hans VAN DE VELDE

    Dear Anne, Thank you so much for your comment.

    There are indeed some other initiative in some EU countries.

    Our status is this:

    My task as an ambassador of European Brain Employers is to explore Europe, create a network and build partnerships. The rest of the now 26 Dutch ambassados are busy approaching employers of all kind: (multi-)national companies, educational - and healthcare institutes, local and national governmental departments: all are also employers.

    In the Netherlands we have one small company that matches autistic persons with employers that specifically ask for autistic people, because of their talents. And there are also some other projects. But it is still very much needed to make employers (that is: company doctors and HR-advisors) aware of the power of this 10% of their employee population.

    I would very much like to read more about the Polish patctical experience if you have some text about that. We are sure going to write about our experiences and especially the way employers react to our mission.

    I hop we can share emailaddress? Mine is:

    hans [dot] van [dot] de [dot] velde @

    (I write it in a way robots would trace is)

  • afbeelding van Anna Kwiatkowska

    Great idea! In some aspects, in my opinion, this is similar to supported employment, when job trainers support employers employing persons with intelectual disability (including authism and Asperger's syndrome). Polish experience and practise shows that the big problem is to find eployers willing to emplyee persons with intellectual disability (educated in professional job centers). Great respect for ambassadors'effort. Will be created and published any publication with good practises and conclusions?