Inclusion and sheltered work in Sweden
  • Stockholm
  • Disability care
  • 17 delegates
  • June 2023
From 13 to 15 June 2023, Dialog Health travelled to Stockholm to explore the Swedish medico-social system and the country's policy on sheltered work and inclusion.
On the first day, our delegation visited Stockholm City Hall to meet Astrid Thornberg, ombudsman for disability issues, and Hanna Rossetti, analyst for disability issues at the Department of Social Services. These two speakers presented the three priorities of their mission: improving workplace accessibility, maintaining the municipality's exemplary behaviour as an employer, and developing internship and work opportunities for people with disabilities.

Our delegation also visited a private company promoting inclusion in the labour market: Becksmo Kommunikation, a telemarketing company specialising in fundraising for non-profit organisations, showed us how it helps to increase their fundraising through rewarding campaigns.

The following morning, the study tour participants discovered Samhall, Sweden's largest social enterprise, which plays a key role in creating an inclusive labour market. Their mission is to provide meaningful employment for people with disabilities and to help them find suitable jobs with other employers.

In the afternoon, delegates visited the Wilja Group, a group of companies including Left is Right and Misa, which is actively working to promote diversity and inclusion in the labour market. Left is Right provides IT services thanks to the unique skills of its employees living with Asperger's syndrome or other autism spectrum disorder diagnoses. For its part, Misa guides its employees into the mainstream labour market with individual solutions based on their life situation, interests and abilities.

To round off this study visit, our delegation visited the sheltered employment establishments Spanga Nord & Syd and Kista Jobb, which offer employment and training opportunities adapted to people with disabilities.

For lunch, the participants went to the inclusive restaurant Glasade Gangen to discover working methods with disabled staff and a meal specially prepared for the occasion!

Finally, the mission ended with a visit to Medis 5, an audiovisual production workplace for people with mild intellectual disabilities. The aim of Medis 5 is to promote the personal and cultural expression of individuals, highlighting their skills and their vision of the world.

This study visit to Sweden enabled us to discover many innovative approaches to inclusion and sheltered work.
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