Beatriz Pellizzari

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
La USINA- El Cambio en Discapacidad


This profile was prepared when Beatriz Pellizzari was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
In a deliberate move away from conventional ways of serving the disabled, Beatriz is creating a structure which relies upon market principles and professional standards to incorporate physically and sensory disabled workers into the labor force, without resorting to quotas or preferential treatment. She recognizes that finding a job is not simply a matter of charity, but rather the result of making a match between the worker's skills and the employer's needs. In her job placement and training system, individuals with physical limitations identify and build their own skills, and then compete in the labor market as equals with non-disabled workers.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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