The world of education should be evolving at full speed to take account of all the niches that form it and make it a highly diversified universe.
Il nostro mondo della disabilità non può e non ha una direttiva specifica, segue molto l’andamento tra domanda e offerta generata da noi fruitori della questione o della problematica.
Il mondo del lavoro dovrebbe guardare con interesse questo bisogno per formare figure professionali utili a disperdere il divario tra le domande e le risoluzioni. Esiste qualcosa del genere, ma in Italia fa ancora fatica ad emergere questa nuova prospettiva lavorativa: la figura del disability manager.
Our world of disability cannot and does not have a specific directive and tends to follow the trend between demand and supply that we, the people affected by the issue or the problem, produce.
The employment world should be looking with interest at this need to train professional figures who could close the gap between the needs and the answers to them. Something of this kind exists, but the new concept of the disability manager is still struggling to emerge in Italy.
The academic definition to hand is that:
“Disability Management is a management position that focuses on people with disabilities and on how to make the most of their abilities, with the aim of adapting the organisation in question (institutions, the healthcare system and companies) to welcome them and manage their needs.”
This is a professional figure that should be created with a university training course within the faculties of law or educational sciences. There are still very few universities that have a specific faculty and everything tends to be based on a university-type course, inevitably turning it into an accessory skill in an existing job.
Imagine this position at public administrations and in the HR departments of large companies, and the benefit it could bring in the integration of a person with disabilities into a workplace or in running of a city.
The objective is to improve urban accessibility, coordination of health and social services, inclusion at school and in the workplace and tourism, through an overarching approach that includes not only “management” of the person, but also the place in which they live, which must be organised to suit the specific requirements of that person.
It would be a genuine innovation for our world if the person holding this position were actually to be someone who experiences the condition personally.