Sabina Lobato Lobato & Elena Pérez Cayuela

Employment of People with Disabilities and the opportunity provided by Sheltered Employment in Spain. The case of ILUNION

The ONCE Foundation (Fundación ONCE) was created in 1988 by ONCE (Spanish Organization for the Blind) to extend the scope of its activities to people with other types of disabilities and improve their quality of life.

The mission of the ONCE Foundation is to foster the full social inclusion of people with disabilities, mainly through training, employment and universal accessibility programs, either directly, in cooperation with public or private authorities, or through financial support to other disability organizations. As a result, in 2017, the ONCE Foundation contributed to the creation of around 8,500 employment opportunities for people with disabilities and the provision of training to over 12,300 beneficiaries.

Elena Pérez Cayuela (Madrid, Spain) has a Law Degree from the Carlos III University. She is currently Director General of AECEMFO, the Business Association of Special Employment Centers of the ONCE Foundation, and has been Director of the Department of Public Resources of the ONCE Foundation and ILUNION since 2009. She is also member of FEACEM, the Business Federation of Associations of Social Initiative Special Employment Centers.

Born in Oviedo in 1969, Sabina Lobato is a Bachelor of Economics and has a Masters degree in SME Management. With over 20 years of experience in the disability sector linked to the ONCE Foundation, she’s currently the Director of Grants and Training and Employment Programs. She’s also Member of the Plenary of the Spanish High Council on Statistics and Vice President of the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR), a network of leading European providers of services to people with disabilities.

The Lead the Way conference in Stockholm, 28-30 of May 2018.