Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sverdlovsk allocates $571,000 to create jobs for region's disabled

The Sverdlovsk regional government recently approved the allocation of approximately $571,000 towards the creation of regional jobs for the area's disabled.

Specifically, approved measure provides grants to area companies to install technical and infrastructural amenities to make it possible for disabled individuals to hold employment. Only all-Russian public organizations, however, may apply for the grant money, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Thus far, the regional government has received applications from five different companies operating as part of the Russian Society for the Blind. Two of the organizations are headquartered in Yekaterinburg, with the remainder in Nizhny Tagil, Rezhe and Revde.

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Sverdlovsk Acting Minister of Social Policy Alexander Nikiforov instituted a measure calling for regional employers to create more than 11,000 special jobs for disabled citizens in the region. During that period, companies who participated in Nikiforov's initiative saw company-wide performance increase by two to four times and the cost of production decrease by 15 percent, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

The 2014 grant subsidy is designed to be used to supplement up to 80 percent of the expenses companies must spend to retool their positions to accommodate disabled employees.