Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Italian restaurant finds new way of looking at disability  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 15/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) IT was another busy night for the staff with Down syndrome at the Girasoli restaurant in Rome, which serves up traditional pizza and pasta dishes along with a new way of looking at disability in the workplace

The neon-signed restaurant was set up in a suburb southeast of the Italian capital by the parents of children with disabilities, and it functions just like any other eatery — except 13 of its 18 employees are handicapped

“I love this room, monitoring it, making myself available, being in contact with people,” said Simone, a 24-year-old who after a paid internship of 600 hours now has a permanent contract with Girasoli (Sunflowers)

“And above all I just love being here!” he said

When a group of women came in Simone deftly showed them to a table, clutching a few menus in his hand

“We heard good things about it so we wanted to come,” said one woman, while her friend added: “Basically it’s a normal restaurant — except the waiters are nice!

As he tucked into an amatriciana pasta dish, 64-year-old teacher Giuseppe said: “When you come here for the first time, you have certain expectations but you quickly realize that there is no need to have them

The restaurant was set up in 2000 and is aimed at offering work to people with Down syndrome — a genetic disorder usually associated with physical growth delays and intellectual disability but many manage to complete university degrees and hold down jobs

“My waiters do their job and do it very well,” said chief waiter Ugo Menghini, who is not handicapped, praising the efficiency and speed of his staff

“If I was to set up my own business, I wouldn’t hesitate, I would hire people with Down syndrome.

Like many businesses in Italy, the restaurant habeen hit by the recession and was forced to shut for several months last year for restructuring and renovation



It is now being run by Consorzio Sintesi, a social co-operative association which specializes in giving jobs to disabled people and also manages three call-centers for the Italian mobile phone operator Wind

“The state pushes for assistance but we prefer professional training. Everything here is self-financed with no subsidies from the state,” Enzo Rimicci, the head of the association, told AFP

“Every employee here manages to find their place based on their skills,” Rimicci said, explaining for example how one staffer, Marco, was too shy to work with customers but proved to be “a real machine” in the kitchen

“Seen close up, no one is normal.” he said, repeating an old Roman proverb that he likes

The restaurant’s training is rigorous and out of the 13 employees with Down syndrome, nine are still interns

When Girasoli is closed in the morning, another team comes in to make cookies and cakes for the evening customers

Anna, a 22-year-old waitress, came in even on her night off to have dinner with her parents

“For us, for her it’s a great victory,” said her father, Carlo, tearing up as he described his daughter’s transformation since she started work

“Our daughter has gained autonomy. When she comes home from work, she is happy, proud of what she’s done,” he said, adding that Anna had also made progress “in how she relates to other people, in her language.

A further sign of the restaurant’s success is that another one is in the works

A new one is expected to open soon in Palermo in Sicily and Rimicci said there were even plans to turn the idea into a franchise and create many more outlets.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 30 2016 - Slip Ring Market Share, Technology and Key Players Analysis in a Research ReportMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Slip Ring Market Share, Technology and Key Players Analysis in a Research Report ReportsWeb added report on "Global Slip Ring Industry 2016 Market Research Report'', the report ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Elite Pediatrician in Quebec, Rami Baz, MD, is to be Published in The Leading Physicians of the WorldMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Saint-Charles-Borromée, Québec The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Rami Baz, MD, Pediatrician, to their prestigious ...

 Jul 30 2016 - GES Adds On To More Innovative Services to Its Event Services PortfolioMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) (July 29, 2016) GES, a prominent global Event Management Company shared about its forthcoming new-fangled services that will enhance the quality of event experienced by its clients. ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Villa for sale in Egypt or Apartment for sale in CairoMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) google_ad_client = "pub-7060895361757846"; /* MPR 200x200, created 7/14/10 */ google_ad_slot = "9848691929"; google_ad_width = 200; google_ad_height = 200; Cairo Egypt ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Respected Dermatologist, Ellen Burov, MD, FAAD, will Have her Outstanding Achievements Featured in The Leading Physicians of the WorldMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Respected Dermatologist, Ellen Burov, MD, FAAD, will Have her Outstanding Achievements Featured in The Leading Physicians of the World Posted by admin on July 30, 2016 New York ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Jordan's public debt drops to USD35.35bnMENAFN
(MENAFN) Jordan's public debt amounted up to USD35.35bn in May this year, comprising 92.6 percent of its GDP estimated by the Finance Ministry at USD38.19bn.On the other hand, the debt of the ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Saudi's Vision 2030 to enhance digital economyMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Arabia embarked on National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030, to foster a digital culture and shifting more to digital economy.With a digital economy, more jobs can be made ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Dubai's Nakheel profit grows by USD402.9mnMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai developer Nakheel posted flat second-quarter profit increase, which reached USD402.98mn in Q2.Moreover, the firm's profit for the first six months of this year was USD0.80bn, up from ...

 Jul 30 2016 - Wisconsin Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers a Diagnosed Person in Wisconsin a Free Service Designed to Ensure They Are Working Directly with The Nation's Best Lawyers For Better CompensationMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Wisconsin Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers a Diagnosed Person in Wisconsin a Free Service Designed to Ensure They Are Working Directly with The Nation's Best Lawyers For Better ...

 Jul 30 2016 - 360Heros Announces Rebrand, Unveils New Name and Company DirectionMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) 360Heros Announces Rebrand, Unveils New Name and Company Direction 360Heros Inc, a company specializing in 360 video technology, has announced a rebrand. A new company name, ...

more...


 





Google

Easy Forex

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help