Have wings, will fly

The Adeje council has awarded companies who have partnered the council in a scheme to help those with special needs to find work

Recently the CDTCA hosted an event during which the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, recognised a number of private companies who have partnered the council in helping individuals with special needs find work. The scheme is called ALAS (Acompañamiento Labarol para el Avance Social/work partnering for social advancement), and the word ‘alas’ also means wings.

The Mare Nostrum Resort, Limpiezas Domínguez, Hotel Suites Villa María, H10 Costa Adeje Palace and the Hard Rock Café Tenerife were awarded for their participation in the scheme, with recognitions for others, companies and individuals, who have worked to make a real difference. Also present were representatives of nine new teams who are about to embark on a work programme adapted to the needs of individuals with special needs!

José Miguel Rodríguez 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 work to improve upon and change”. This is why the ALAS programme was born, he said, “because we know that unless we work together as a society we don’t advance as a society, what we are doing is vindicating a right.

“I am hoping for and 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 is based on a “work with assistance” principle, and was introduced to the borough by the department for diversity in 2013. It’s main aim is to offer individuals with special needs the opportunity to improve their quality of life through seeking employment in the best possible conditions for their inclusion in the world of work. Engaged in the project are a team of professionals who accompany the new employees when and where needed, offering those individuals the right to seek ‘ordinary’ work, and more independence.

The new employees will have their ‘wing’ assistants with them until they can fly solo. And thanks to the implication of private companies in the scheme and their confidence in its operation and end-goal, it is working for both individuals and their families, who are finding a new world of opportunities opening up for them.

Department of Communications