With the support of this specific service, our company can respect its commitment to favour the recruitment and the training of persons with a handicap, and to accompany them and help them remain professionally active. As a result, among the 15 000 Cast Members at Disneyland Paris, 795 are recognised as employees with a handicap.
Actions that give results
In pursuing the support it has given to persons with a handicap since it was created, our company created Mission Handicap in 1993. It has been reinforced by eight agreements regarding the employees with a handicap.
Mission Handicap sees Cast Members with a handicap through administrative procedures and makes sure they are well integrated by offering recruitment opportunities adapted to each person. We can be proud of what was achieved in 2015. Indeed, Mission Handicap carried out and succeeded in a number of actions and as a result 795 employees at Disneyland Paris were recognised as having a handicap, the employment rate hit a record level since 2005, tailored solutions helped persons with a handicap be integrated, Cast Members have become more aware, and the list continues.
Favour professional integration
One of the stronger commitments of Disneyland Paris is to favour professional integration of young persons with a handicap, and Mission Handicap supports the company in its drive. The former hosts young persons with a handicap through contracts that allow them to alternate work with studies or through internships to allow them to acquire skills and to complete their training. For example, in April this year Disney’s Sequoia Lodge welcomed Paul, who has Down syndrome, for a weeklong internship in catering. This experience increased Paul’s self-assurance, and a catering company called him in for a second internship that could lead to an open-end work contract. “The Disney magic worked and turned Paul’s dreams –and ours – into reality”, the young intern’s parents declared.
In France only 1% of young persons with a handicap manage to complete a full university cycle. Disneyland Paris and Mission Handicap took this issue into account when working on our 8th Corporate Agreement in favour of persons with a handicap.
This commitment took shape on 18 June this year, when scholarships for a total value of €20 000 were granted to seven students, out of the 250 requests submitted to our partner, the FÉDÉEH (Student federation for a momentum between studies and work with a handicap). Students with a handicap need supplies and specific arrangements that are often costly, such as a note-taker, electronic magnifiers or a mentor to pursue their studies. The ensuing degree and qualification will help them better integrate the labour market.
Favour exchanges with the company and its Cast Members
Mission Handicap has made it its responsibility to help persons with a handicap discover our company, its different job positions and its Cast Members. In 2014, youngsters from the Institut National des Jeunes Sourds (national institute for young people with a hearing impairment) visited the workshops that ensure the maintenance of the park attractions. Following that event some of these visitors had the opportunity to follow an internship in 2015.
Last January recruiters from Disneyland Paris gave members of the association Arpejeh a personalised coaching session that prepared them for professional interviews, including the presentation of their professional project, Cast Member advice, etc. In the same spirit, youngsters followed by the Sessad – a service that guarantees education and care to youngsters with a handicap – from Serris come regularly to meet with Cast Members and talk about their job positions, in order to help them choose a specific training.
There are many other initiatives, such as a sponsoring program in partnership with Arpejeh to create a link between the youngsters with a handicap and the corporate world.
Disneyland Paris is proud of its successes and intends to pursue its commitment in favour of diversity at work, while respecting all differences.