Employment for Independent Life (EFIL) project planned with Eskişehir Governorship, Eskişehir Provincial Directorate of National Education and to be carried out by Anadolu University aims to develop an employment model compatible with European countries for the employment of individuals with intellectual disabilities. In this direction, the main objective is to remove the barriers to employment by working with individuals and institutions that will provide consultancy services to individuals with intellectual disabilities in order to support them in sustainable employment issues such as job placement, job preparation, development of business skills, workplace rules, communication and interaction at the workplace, adaptation to work.
Employment of disabled people is among the priority issues of the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services. While individuals with physical disabilities, visual impairments and hearing impairments can be employed more easily among groups with disabilities, there are difficulties in the employment of individuals with intellectual disabilities. One of the reasons is that existing employment models can’t be integrated with independent life. The lack of an effective model that is specific to individuals with intellectual disabilities and supports their participation in employment and independent life is the starting point of this project. With this project, it is aimed to develop a model compatible with European countries for the participation of individuals with intellectual disabilities in work life and independent life. There are different employment models in the USA, European countries and Asian countries. These differences are affected by the labor force needs, cultural characteristics, economic and social structures of the countries. Thus, in meetings with international partners, these differences will be examined. Finally, an original model called as "Employment for Independent Life" that is appropriate to the European Union's strategies and Turkey's features will be introduced.