Archives of the Republic of Slovenia Receives the Title of Disability-Friendly Employer
During the REHA meeting in Portorož on September 29, 2020, the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia received an award for its good practice and policy in employing people with disabilities in 2019. The Archives also received the title Disability-Friendly Employer.
Disability must never be an obstacle that prevents people from fully realizing their potential or limits their opportunities of learning about the past and about the cultural heritage preserved at Slovenian public archives. This was the fundamental principle that guided all our efforts to build an inclusive society and acknowledge the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from having equal opportunities in finding employment or gain access to our common cultural heritage. The issue of accessibility is also what we focused on throughout our project of building the first Slovenian public e-archive (e-ARH.si: ESS 2016-2020) where we strive to make Slovenian archival cultural heritage accessible to all people, regardless of their abilities.
Our work in this field was acknowledged also by those actively involved in providing employment possibilities for the disabled. During REHA meeting in Portorož on September 29, 2020, the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia received an award for its good practice and policy in employing people with disabilities in 2019. The Archives was also awarded the title Disability-Friendly Employer. The award and the certificate was presented to Dr. Bojan Cvelfar, director of the Archives RS, by the Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs Janez Cigler Kralj.
We are very aware of our social role and responsibility in searching for solutions of tomorrow, in removing physical and psychosocial barriers, encouraging employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and, last but not least, in setting a good example to other institutions entrusted with preserving Slovenian cultural heritage.