The difficulties that people with disabilities face in obtaining jobs can be explained in several ways, these include: low access of people with disabilities to the labour market caused, for example, by the gap between their education and qualifications and labour demand; limited number of vacancies opened for jobseekers with disabilities; lack of specialized placement services and working places for them; lack of sound institutional mechanism for employment of people with disabilities; inefficiency of cooperation between the Public Employment Service, Fund for Social Protection of People with Disabilities, vocational and training rehabilitation centres, employers and people with disabilities themselves, as well as other stakeholders; lack of motivation of employers to employ people with disabilities; low degree of job search of persons with disabilities, because of discouragement, relatively low level of wages, disbelief in the effectiveness of employment services; shortcomings of vocational training provided to people with disabilities, etc.
Since its founding in 2008, FHI has worked to empower people with disabilities to assume a full, social role within their families and communities. To encourage the personal and social development of people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, FHI works to re-establish, revitalize, and foster social ties, and to improve access to social services, as well as cultural activities and sports. Staff and volunteers work with family members, school administrators, community members, and local leaders to ensure they understand the importance of including people with disabilities in activities and decision making. We also work with local government officials, disabled people’s organizations, social clubs, and other groups to organize inclusive sports, games, and other leisure activities.