The Fundación DKV Integralia and ATA will employ 11 disabled people in a centre in Jerez

This step is part of the agreement signed by DKV Integralia Foundation and the National Federation of Associations of Self-employed Workers

The DKV Integralia Foundation and the National Federation of Associations of Self-employed Workers (ATA) will create a work centre in Jerez that will employ 11 disabled people. The aim is to provide an opportunity to these people to access the job market. The chairpersons of the DKV Integralia Foundation, Josep Santacreu, and ATA, Lorenzo Amor met in Jerez to finalise the details of the launch of the centre.

This step is part of the agreement signed by DKV Integralia Foundation and ATA with the aim of promoting training and employment for disabled people and self-employed workers.

The Foundation and the National Federation of Associations of Self-employed Workers commit to raising awareness among self-employed professionals and society in general, with regards the social and labour integration of disabled people with the aim of eliminating prejudice and barriers.

The two entities have also agreed to "work together on career guidance, follow-up and intermediation procedures that may be required in the promotion of employment and training initiatives”.

The National Federation of Associations of Self-employed Workers (ATA) has been working for two decades in the defence and representation of self-employed workers. It is a national organisation with over 500,000 self-employed workers members. Its offices and specialised advisers lend their services free of charge. They provide advice on tax, labour, accounting and occupational health and safety matters.

Our aim is to offer increasingly more and better services and at the same time reduce labour costs for self-employed workers.

The DKV Integralia Foundation is a nonprofit organisation founded in 2000 as the result of the DKV Seguros commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. It works to facilitate the integration of disabled people into society and the job market.

El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) is the site of the Foundation's first Special Employment Centre, DKV Integralia Foundation. The centre is the first to be staffed exclusively by disabled people.

Over the past 15 years, the DKV Integralia Foundation has grown and now has seven centres in Spain (El Prat, Madrid, Denia Hospital, Jerez, Badajoz, Zaragoza and San Fernando). It has created 802 jobs and benefited 1,483 people overall, all of whom are affected by severe physical disabilities (spinal cord injuries, paraplegia and tetraplegia) or degenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis or chronic diabetes.

The Foundation is also developing international projects in Poland, Peru, Colombia and India, where it has successfully exported the work integration model for disabled people that has been implemented in Spain. It has also opened its own school and a business centre.