The unemployment rate of people in the European Union who have Intellectual and relational Disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population.

EDGE is aimed at ideating and testing innovative approaches to foster the employability of young people with intellectual and relational disability, creating the ground for their inclusion in the labour market and in the society.

There are three type of actors involved in the issue: young people with ID, the employers and the society.


EDGE is so aimed at improving the well-being and quality of life of young people with mental and relational disabilities, pursuing the following 3 main objectives:

  • Creating innovative and ad hoc training methodologies for a successful job placement;
  • Prompting companies to be more proactive about hiring people with mental challenges;
  • Fostering entrepreneurial mindset, competences and possibilities.


Operating lines



EDGE is aimed at improving the well-being of young people with disabilities, and of society in broader terms, with a decidedly innovative footprint.


EDGE is implemented by a widespread partnership across 6 European countries



It will involve:

  • Young people (18 – 35 years) with relational and intellectual disabilities
  • Educators and operators working with young people with relational and intellectual disabilities
  • Business Mentors trained to support the path of self-entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurs and HR managers, to be involved in creating inclusive work environments.

Besides families, schools, services for people with disabilities, local authorities…


EDGE has three primary strategies:

  • Supply-side approaches, focused on preparing the target for employment and then facilitating their placement;
  • Demand-side approaches, focused on creating a desire in employers to hire them;
  • “Third way” approaches, focused on promoting self-employment paths.

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