Inclusion Job Day: job runs on the web

Are you a legally protected worker looking for a job? Chances are you are among those who think that this isn’t the right time to find one. But no, since career days don’t stop: they’ve simply movede on the web. Today I’m going to talk to you about a particularly interesting one. On July 3rd,  the first edition of the Inclusion Job Day will take place. It will be a virtual occasion to promote inclusiveness allowing professionals belonging to the protected categories who are looking for a job  to meet (on the web) businesses based in and around Milan interested in hiring them. Organized by  INTERACTION FARM® partnering with Cesop Communication, the event will take place online, complying with the anti-Covid policy.

Inclusion Job Day

The Inclusion Job Day attendeees will have the chance to meet businesses and recruiters, send their CVs, attending career guidance talks, conduct job interviews and attending the round table that will open the day starting from 9:30, during which, moderated by Divercity Magazine’s Valentina Dolciotti, university representatives, managers of the involved businesses, Comune di Milano and no-profit organizations representatives, will talk about the state of the art, sharing business best practices and examples of inclusiveness.

how to attend the inclusion job day?

In order to attend the Inclusion Job Day, you simply have to sign up for free on the event website, creating your own profile and uploading your updated resume. Moreover, signing up, you’ll be able to apply for the job offers that the participating businesses (including: Accenture, Trenitalia, A2A, Fineco, etc.) are already uploading on the website.

Sounds interesting, isn’t it? And also comfortable, since you can attend the event without leaving your home! All you need is a computer with a webcam (even better, also a microphone), an internet access and a resume. Good luck and… don’t forget to pay attention to your clothes: even though it will take place online and not in person, it will always be a professional context!


Is it really “going to be fine”? The “forgotten” of lockdown

In these about three months of “lockdown”, I preferred to keep silent, at least on Move@bility. I used to tell myself: “What would it make talking about freedom of movement, at a time when everyone is required to stay home, giving up his freedom of movement due to a pandemic?”. These have been complex and tough times, both physically and psychologically speaking, for lots of reasons, for me as for everyone, in different ways and for different reasons. That was exactly the reason why I was afraid that spaces (this website, but also its social extensions) I had designed as places of confrontations, reflection and “positive” mobilization in order to create together a barrier-free world, somehow, could turn into another “sfogatoio”, like so many others, not just online. But now that Italy has officially entered the Phase-2, maybe we can also restart talking about topics that, in these months, have certainly remained under-the-radar.

Lockdown - Silence

For instance, who decreeded the lockdown thought about ensuring, sometimes with some issues (mostly at the beginning), the supply of food and medicines to elderly or disabled people who couldn’t go out or had ended up without the support of relatives or friends who didn’t live with them. But what about non-pharmacological therapies? Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other specific treatments that cannot always be used at home or, however, require the active presence of other people (therapists, for instance). For many people, including me, such therapies are really “life-saving“.  Yet, the answer we used to get was always the same: we can’t, you have to wait.

Lockdown - Didattica a distanza

The story was (and still is) the same (and, in some ways, with even more huge implications in the medium-long time) for students with severe disabilities who, when education turned into distant learning, have often been, in fact, deprived of a fundamental constitutional right. Not to mention that, for many of them, school wasn’t just an opportunity to learn, but also a place where they could socialize with their peers. Have you heard about it in decrees, TV news, long in-depth analysis about the topic of the moment? Have you read about it on newspaperts or “non-industry” websites? As for myself, almost never.

Lockdown - Social distancing

On the other hand, something that’s been mentioned for the entire lockdown  and still is a  (far too) “trend topic” is the renowned “social distancing“. Since I’ve been working with words for years, this expression gave me goose bumps (in a negative way) since the very first time I heard it. Ok, in order to minimize the spreading of a particulary aggressive and- under many respects-still unknown virus,  it’s advisable to keep a certain physical distance from other people. But the concept of “social distancing” goes well beyond the simple physical distance, linking it to the idea that we have to keep away from other people even emotionally speaking.


For my part, I think this vision can be very risky, for everyone in general, but particularly for those who even before the pandemic and the lockdown used to feel (and, in fact, often was) “socially distant” from others, due to architectonical and cultural barriers. On the contrary, I think that, now more than ever, we need to stay “socially close“, even though (temporary) physically distant. I hope the “new normal” that we’re going to build together won’t forget to pay attention to involve from the very beginning, and as active protagonists, also people with a disability. Of course, it’s also up to us not to be forgotten and get ready and personally involved, throwing in and actively committed,  each one according to his own possibilities and capacities.

That’s the only way we can really claim “everything is gonna be fine“. Enjoy your restart!

Sweden: a “fully accessible” holiday!

We’ve already underlined many time, talking about accessible tourism for people with motoric or sensory disabilities, ,that Northern Europe represents sort of “safe haven”, thanks to a consolidated awareness towards these topics which, over the years, has resulted in measures aiming to promote accessibility and social inclusion of people with a disability. No exception for Sweden, where our accessible travel takes us today.

L'aurora boreale in Svezia

Aurora borealis in Sweden

Let’s start our journey from the capital city, Stockholm, the “Northern Venice”, built on 14 islands, which combines innovation and classical architecture, being able to satisfy all tastes. Getting around the city with public transport is easy also for those having a disability, thanks to a fully accessible underground network, urban buses equipped with lowered platforms and ramps that allow to safely drop on and off  in every situation, plus acoustic and light signals for those having sensory disabilities (for further information, please refer to the Stockholm public transport service website, where you’ll also find the contact details to ask for more specific info or services). What to see in the capital city of Sweden? Well, first of all, the magnificent royal palace in Gamla Stan,  the ancient city, that’s been equipped with services (a lift to access the upper stairs, ad hoc paths  for visitors with a disability, and so on). But also museums for all tastes, theatres and the rest. And what about accessibility? As regards museums, you can check whether the one you’re interested in is accessible to your specific disability on, also available in English, where you can find detailed info about accessibility. You can also enjoy winter sports, requesting the dedicated services, or a tour of the island of the Stockholm archipelago, contacting the companies  offering this service to agree upon the needed assistance.

Sweden Stockholm


Talking about Sweden and accessibility, we cannot forget to mention Göteborg, the European most accessible city in 2013, thanks not only to its tourism services, but, most of all, to its policty of real inclusion of people with a disability, through measures (about work, housing, removal of architectonical barriers) promoting their independence and autonomy.



So, why visiting Sweden? Well, the list of reason could be virtually unlimited, as you’ve read above: from breath-taking landscapes to architectonical beauty of its cities, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Furthermore, if you can do it without excessively worrying about accessibility, it’s even better, isn’t it?

Specialisterne: diversity as an asset

Stella Arcà - Specialisterne

Stella Arcà, Business & Marketing Manager di Specialisterne Italia

Last September, I was invited to the presentation of the latest issue of “Divercity” magazine, which included, among the other articles, the interview I had granted to Elena Belloni about disability and work. That event gave me the opportunity to get to know many companies and associations committed to inclusion at all levels and in every field.  Among them, the one that impressed me more was Specialisterne, a staffing company that trains and helps people with autism spectrum disorders or Asperger syndrome finding a job and effectively integrating into the company environment. Then, at the end of the presentation, I immediately got in touch with Stella Arcà, Business & Marketing Manager of the Italian branch, asking her to tell more about the company she works at on Move@bility. Here you have our chat.

How did the idea to found Specialisterne arise?

Stong perseverance, extreme precision and a great memory are valuable skills for the IT industry, and they are peculiarities that distinguish people with an autism spectrum disorder. Thorkil Sonne, who was employed at an IT company in Denmark, first realized it back in 2004, when, coming back from a journey in Europe with his family, saw his Asperger son drawing the map of it, completing it with 150 boxes and 500 alphanumeric types without having the original one under his eyes. Deeply impressed by that event, Sonne decided to go all-in on this incredible unexpressed potential: so, he resigned, mortaged his house and founded Specialisterne, “The Specialists” in Danish, a staffing company with the ambitious goal to value the great skills of people with autism and give them a concrete professional opportunity.

Which services does the company offer to candidates with autism?

Specialisterne a ful-time four-months training path, totally free and customized, to  build up a specific profile, aligned with the needs of companies working in administration and information technology. The training has two goals: a technical goal, teaching subjects such as software testing and whatever can be useful at work, and a social-professional one, with individual and group interviews designed to help the candidate overtaking difficulties and get used to the working context. The main goal of the course is to offer the candidate a professional career. Once the candidate is hired, the tutor becomes a bridge with the company and manages all the obligations needed to guarantee quality and top class performances.

How do you contact the companies that are potentially interested in hiring them? 

We mainly speak to the companies HR departements to offer our talents. Sometimes they directly contact us after having read about us on an article or having met at an event; sometimes we tempt the first contact, offering them the opportunity to take part in this diversity and inclusion project.

How long has been Specialisterne operating in Italy and how many people have you helped finding a job, so far? 

We’ve been working in Italy for two years and, so far, we’ve helped 25 people with autism starting a professional career at 8 different customers, including Everis or Flex.

Un consulente Specialisterne al lavoro

A Specialisterne consultant at work

What industries do the companies you present the workers who reach out to you operate in? 

We partner with all the companies that need IT or administration services. Then, they mainly operate in information technology, but we also have customers in banking, pharma, insurance that need our talents.

Once the candidate is hired by the company, how do you support him or her?

The onboarding of the consultant in the company is the first, important stage of a path that we design on the way. On a weekly basis, the coach meets the consultant, his/her manager and the team, supporting them with the goal to accompany the consultant all over his/her career, contributing to create in the environment a growing awareness, providing both the worker and the company with tools enabling to design a path that can be  functional to everyone.

How can the interested candidates or their families directly contact Specialisterne?

They can contact us sending an email to, so that, based on the individual, his/her needs and specific case, they can be reached back by the right person in our Team, who will provide them with all the useful info.

What are the main “resistance” reasons from the companies, when you offer them people with autism to hire? 

The first resistance reason is fear, since autism is still poorly known and there are many stereotypes sorrounding it.  Changing the perception of autism  is an essential part of our mission and, to us, it represents a very important challenge we are committed to every day.

How did you succeed helping companies overtaking these resistances?

Many times we offer the companies to start hiring one or two workers to test their talents, so that they can realize by themselves their skills. Most of the times we have started with this approach, the customer company has asked for more resources after a year, realizing the success of the project.

Un consulente Specialisterne al lavoro

A Specialisterne consultant at work

Can you share a “success case”  with us?

Everis is the company in Italy that has hired more people with autism through Specialsterne. So far, our partnership with Everis has helped 11 people starting a professional path. The managers say that including these people has helped the company changing its culture.  Differences are eliminated, respecting the individual peculiarities and evaluating neurodiversity.

Looking more widely to the society we live in, what can be done, in your opinion, to change the -almost always distorted- perception of autism spectrum disorders? 

We first nee the society to be more informed about autism: that’s why we work on the awareness of the companies talking to their employees. Moreover, those who work with our candidates can realize by themselves that people with autism can work with a high quality standard.

Which advice would you give to someone with autism reaching to Specialisterne to find a job?

Rather than advices, we constantly try to provide concrete and individual feedbacks about different aspects, from attitude to strong and weak traits, with a focus on  social and professional topics, since feedback is often lacking in the previous educational and working experience od these workers. We also try to design ad hoc strategies with the individual, aiming to his/her personal and professional growth.


Once again, many thanks to Stella Arcà for her time and best of luck to Specialisterne for its truly important mission!

V.I.S.O.: a project of sharing and inclusion

One of the main reasons why I created Move@bility is to raise awareness towards existing and effective examples of accessibility and inclusion. This is exactly the case of the V.I.S.O. project  (its acronym stands for Viaggiamo Insieme Superiamo Ostacoli, i.e. “Travel Together Overtaking Obstacles”), created in Padua in 2018 by the Centro Studi l’Uomo e l’Ambiente and funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo. The main objective of the project is to promote the social inclusion of people with physical or cognitive disabilities, through travels  and sharing cultural and leisure experiences, at the moment in Padua area, but with the ambition to gradually expand all over Italy.

V.I.S.O. - Foto di gruppo durante un'uscita

A group photo during a tour

what does v.i.s.o. do in practice?

The project leaders of V.I.S.O. organize and propose guided tours, day trips and experiences to know new places and meet new people, do sport and have fun together in an accessible way for everyone. They prepare practical guides and design customized paths, based on the participants’ specific needs, to visit museums, monuments, buildings, churches, parks, squares and know arts, history, social events, customs and traditions. Both guides and paths report  architectonical barriers (for instance, the presence and height of stairs, to facilitate who moves using wheelchairs or other aids) and other peculiarities, such as intense noise or potentially crowded locations, so that people who are particularly sensitive to these cases (for instance, who has a sensory disability or suffers from a autism spectrum disorder) to avoid unpleasant surprises once on site or, if possible, to choose an alternative path.

All the available guided tours are announced well in advance both on the V.I.S.O. project’s website and on its social profiles. The offered activities  also include the opportunity to spend time in sports and leisure activities, but, first of all, to socialize. This is a particularly important trait for those who, due to their own condition or the situation they live in, risk to get isolated.

V.I.S.O. - Sport

A moment of sharing focused on sport

Do you like the V.I.S.O. project? You can even financially support it, donating on Rete Del Dono. Would you like to get more info about the project or about how to participate in the next guided tours? You can get in touch with its leaders through the contact details  specified on its website. Is there anything similar in your city? If so, please inform me through a mail and I’ll be happy to share and raise awareness towards them on Move@bility: after all, that’s exactly how I got to know the V.I.S.O. project! 🙂


Baskin: when inclusion goes to the hole

If you’ve been following Move@bility for a while (or you’ve gone over the articles of this site with a fine tooth comb ), you’ve probably realized one of the greatest passions of mine, basketball! At a time when I thought I only had to be happy with watching it on tv or from the bleachers of an arena, I discovered the existence of baskin, a variant of basketball that, since its name, brings the rules and the spirit of this sport and inclusion together. In fact, the baskin teams are made up by able-bodied and disabled people (with different tyoes and levels of disability) playing together regardless their gender and age, each one according to his own capabilities, to pursue the typical goal of basketball: score a basket more than their opponent.


Baskin was invented in 2003 in Cremona by the engineer Antonio Bodini and the gymnastics teacher Fausto Capellini in a school context, aiming to give all the students the chance to express at their own best and contribute to the success of the team. Putting together in the same team people different for age, condition and sex allows to create a real inclusion, going beyond the pietism typical of a certain way to deal with disability. Since then, this sport has spread at a national level, attracting a growing number of people of all ages.


The rules of baskin are the same as the traditional basketball, plus some variants that help ensuring everyone the a chance to play it.  For instance:

  • There are 4 baskets, the two usual ones plus two smaller baskets on both sides of the field
  • The players on the field for each team aren’t 5, but 6 and each of them has the chance to play in a role that’s compatible with his own physical capabilities and his familiarity with the game and, simultaneously, to man-mark and being man-marked by an opponent in the same role (and, hence, condition)
  • The players who need it can have a  tutor assigned, that is another member of the team who can help them during the game
Campo da baskin

A baskin field – Di Giamaico – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0,

But baskin isn’t good only for athletes with a disability. In fact, all the members of the team learn to integrate in a mixed group and to organize themselves consequently, promoting everyone’s abilities and looking at their respective diversities as enriching elements, not as weak points.

Campus Party: digital, innovation and diversity

On July 27th, I had the pleasure and the honor to take part as a speaker in the Job Factory organised by HRC Digital Generation during the third Italian edition of Campus Party, a global event focused on innovation and creativity and mainly addressed to young people, communities, universities, companies and organizations that, for some days, had the opportunities to discuss and build the future together, using technology as a tool to change tomorrow, in an aware and responsible way. The subject of the 2019 edition, that took place in Milan from July 24th to 27th, was “Diventa Div3rso”  (Become Different): below, you can see one of the pictures used on social media to advertise the event.

Campus Party 2019 - Frida Kahlo

Then, it was the best occasion to “officially” introduce Move@bility, particularly talking about di work and, therefore, social inclusion of people with a disability, wasn’t it? Here below, you can watch the video registration of my speech, that launches Movea@bility’s YouTube channel.

It was really exciting and valuable to have the chance to meet at Campus Party so many interested young people, who carefully listened to my speech and shared their views about such an important topic, that’s often overlooked even when talking about diversity. I hope I was able to spread the idea, that is also the Move@bility’s starting point: despite our respective diversities and peculiarities, we all are people and, then, have the same dignity, the same rights and, obviously, the same duties. Not only at work.

Would you like to have a look at the presentation I shared at Campus Party? Here you have it! 🙂

I hope to have further opportunities to discuss these topics with a “mixed” audience, not necessarily made up by people who are directly involved it them. Since I believe that a real “disability culture” can only be established involving the whole community, not limiting to look at our own backyard. What do you think about it?

“Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità”

Are you interested in topics such as inclusion and, generally speaking, the rights of people with a disability? Would you like to turn this passion into your job or your professional specialty? If you answered “yes” to this questions, maybe you are interested in the “Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità“(“Rights and inclusion of people with a disability“) specialization course organized also in 2019 by the University of Milan (Department of public Italian and supranational rights) with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and LEDHA, the association that, since 40 years, supports the rights of people with a disability.

"Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità"

The “Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità” specialization course is addressed to lawyers, judges, public health professionals, public administration operators who work in social services,  associations, foundations and NGO operators, staffing company workers, as well as all the professionals who, for any reason, work in sectors linked to disability, plus all the graduated people who are interested in specialize in it.

Inclusion and rights of people with a disability are increasingly popular topic, luckily.  But, as it often occurs, a very complex and articulate legislation doesn’t make it easy to apply what laws foresee. As a consequence, the most important goal of the “Diritti e inclusione delle persone con disabilità” specialization course is to help whoever  wants to work in this sector to have an as much thorough as possible picture of this topic and of the laws that regulate it. So, it will go from the analysis of the social-cultural perception of disability to the various types of disabilities, to understand the main issues linked to each of them, to pass to examine in depth the laws against discrimination and the legal principles that regulate this area. The other five modules will be devoted to analyze the issues people with a disability face in various contexts: society, family, school, work, hospital, jail. Always adopting a multidisciplinary approach, that will enable to acquire not only technical-legal, but also medical, social-educational and psychological know-how.

The course, that will last 50 hours, will take place from February 1st to May 17th 2019, with the possibility to attend part of the classes in e-learning mode. The entrance fee is € 416,00 and the applications for admission must be submitted by 2:00 PM of January 10th 2019, as specified on the announcement  available on the website of the Milanese university.

Would you like to learn more? Have a look at the flier!

Inclusive Job Day: an opportunity for talents

Are you part of the so-called “protected categories” and are looking for a job? Save this date on your agendas: the Inclusive Job Day, which will take place in Milan, at the Acquario Civico, on March 19th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event, organized by Inclusive Mindset partnering with Comune di Milano, offers to people who are part of the “protected categories” (due to disability or other reasons) and to the foreigners the opportunity to meet prestigious businesses, even having job interviews.

Inclusive Job Day

The companies which have already confirmed their participation in Milan Inclusive Job Day include: Apple, Alten, Ferrovie dello Stato, Mapei, Costa Crociere, Pirelli and Percassi. The event is addressed both to people who have a diploma or a degree and/or a master’s degree, since the profiles the companies are willing to meet range from the most suitable for operational or administrative positions to those with a higher seniority, with managerial skills.

how to participate in the inclusive job day?

To participate in the Inclusive Job Day, you need to register for free on Inclusive Mindset website, create your profile filling all the required info (the same you’d be required by a job board) and confirm. Then, to sign up for the Inclusive Job Day, logout from the platform and login again and, selecting the “Eventi” folder, click on “Iscriviti” on the same line as the Inclusive Job Day.

Inclusive Job Day

As you can see on the above picture, to get prepared for the event, you can also particapate in a training session (always signing up online), on March 15th  at Fondazione Adecco per le Pari Opportunità: during this session, experts from Adecco will guide the candidates with tips on how to properly prepare to the Job Day.

It’s an important opportunity, at a time when, as some conventions I had the chance to attend in these weeks confirm, it seems that businesses are paying more attention to topics such as inclusion  and empowerment of diversity, in all its meanings: gender, ethnic group, religion, sexual preference, age, origin. Furthermore, a study by Boston Consulting confirms that businesses which are more willing to embrace diversity are also the most innovative ones.

Inclusive job Day - Boston Consulting

Then, update your resume and sign up now! See you there!

“Vorrei ma non posso”: among dreams and barriers

Verona: the city of Romeo and Juliet, fascinating, rich in art, history and magic.  How wonderful is walking around its streets, tasting its beauty, giving yourself a rest in a café or going shopping in its city centre… But is Verona accessible for who has mobility issues? Alessia Bottone and Valentina Bazzani tried to answer this question. They are, respectively, author/director and “sitting” main character of the short film “Vorrei ma non posso: quando le barriere architettoniche limitano i sogni” (“I’d like, but I can’t: when architectonical barriers limit dreams”), which describes a day in the life of Valentina, a disabled journalist, going around her city, Verona precisely, among architectonical (and cultural) barriers.

Vorrei ma non posso” was presented in September and, since then, thousands of people have been watching it, including myself. Since I found it decisively interesting, I decided to get in touch with Alessia and Valentina to let them directly tell me how this interesting (and very useful!) project arose.

-How did the idea of “Vorrei ma non posso” arise? 

Alessia Bottone - "Vorrei ma non posso"

Alessia Bottone

ALESSIA – I’ve been dealing since a long time, also for my job, with human rights and the direct experience of my family has led me to be particularly sensitive to topics such as autonomy and accessibility referred to people with a disability. Two years ago, I presented a draft of the film at the Massimiliano Goattin award for Young Journalists, getting a financing that allowed me to take action. Meanwhile, I had gotten in touch, through Facebook, with Valentina, reading a post where she told about the umpteenth work discrimination she had been subjected to. From virtual, we passed to real life (we both live in Verona and this made things easier) and started to film the documentary, together with Elettra Bertucco, who took care of shots.

-Which was the biggest issue you had to face while filming “Vorrei ma non posso”? 

Valentina Bazzani - "Vorrei ma non posso"

Valentina Bazzani

VALENTINA – Lots of architectonical barriers: from steps, that, for people moving on a wheelchair  and having a limited autonomy like me, represent an often impassable limit, to the lack of ramps on sidewalks or platforms (even removable) to access shops and public places. Not to mention the lack of dressing rooms equipped with sliding doors in clothing stores: it, de facto, forces who is on a wheelchair to try the clothes in front of the other clients, regardless of our privacy… But, above all, cultural barriers: stereotypes and clichés about disabled people are still too entrenched in our country. I dream an equal opportunity life, so everyone must be granted with the same rights and opportunities, so that everyone can demonstrate his own resources, peculiarities and potential. Unfortunately, now, it isn’t so.

-What was people reaction while you were filming “Vorrei ma non posso”?

A. – While filming, not to influence them, we didn’t refer to the documentary, talking with involved people. Of course, we covered their faces with pixels, to ensure their privacy. The way the documentary has been welcomed has, frankly, surprised me: usually, when you deal with such topics, unfortunately, you find just a few people willing to listen to you. On the contrary, both during its presentation and in these months, we noticed a big interest towards the topic we chose: is it a sign that something is moving towards the right direction?  

-What is still missing to reach full accessibility, that is urban spaces designed to be suitable for the needs of all citizens (including those with a motoric – both on wheelchair and not- or sensory disability)?

V. – As of now, to get the full accessibility we lack, on one hand, wisdom even during the designing phase, the effort to think spaces also like disabled people would do, or, when possible, directly involve them. But, on the other hand, we also lack the will, from the institutions, to create truly accessible environments for all, at least in public spaces. A lot has been done, but there’s still a lot to do. We disabled people can keep on creating awareness and become “active protagonists”, showing that, thanks to our commitment and our resources, we can live a normal life. It isn’t easy, mostly when, due to your own condition, you depend on someone else’s help. But we must do it.

-What has changed, after the documentary came out, in Verona?

A. – Verona was among the first Italian cities to adopt the PEBA, the Plan to Remove Architectonical Barriers. Sure, passing from intent to practice is slower than we’d like to, and the law vagueness doesn’t help: for instance, the paradox that, to equip your business with a removable platform, you must pay a tax to occupy a public area is, at least, a nonsense, isn’t it?

-How much do issues linked to accessibility weigh on the full (both social and work) inclusion of disabled people?

V. – After the middle school, even though I was keener on scientific subjects, I chose a technical school because it was the only accessible one. Over the years, things have improved: our community is more inclusive and there’s an increasing attention to spaces, to ensure they are accessible and comfortable. The biggest issue is, still, mostly cultural: we cannot accept, in 2017, that a disabled individual, a professional with an impressive resume, has a large amount of job interviews and is rejected just due to his disability! I fought so many battles to live a normal life, studying, getting graduated with top marks, collect working experience (for free), and then I’m rejected? No, I disagree! But we need institutions, associations establish a network and boost awareness, to create a really inclusive community.

Alessia and Valentina at "Vorrei ma non posso" launch event

Alessia and Valentina at “Vorrei ma non posso” launch event

Thanks a lot to these two wonderful women for having spotlighted again on a topic where we don’t do enough to translate intent into practice. Let’s hope to see soon the sequel of “Vorrei ma non posso”. Maybe, this time, the title could be: “I’d like… and I can!