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Exploring new pathways of gainful employment for Persons with Intellectual disabilities within the Tourism sector in Malta: Promoting cultural tourism and ethical dining for locals and tourists. A Feasibility study.

Authors: David Callaby Floridia, ,
  • Institute: Learning Support Unit
  • Symposium: Social Well-being, Sports and Health
  • Day: 2 , Session: 1 , Location: Conference Hall 2
  • Session Type: Short 10 min (Early stage research) , Start: 10:45 , End: 11:00

Abstract

The future lives of Persons with disabilities require to be secured, and one of the ways to do this is to provide pathways for future employment and for independent living. Culinary skills, like other skills, offer a twofold advantage. On the one hand they offer a set of skills to be used for independent living, while on the other, the same or similar skills set could be used for gainful employment. This project will begin to highlight the feasibility and desire for there to exist a place where customers and servers who are persons with intellectual disabilities (PwDs) coexist in a healthy business-oriented environment.

The study sets out to conduct research using secondary sources that will later inform the basis for primary research to be conducted. For the primary research it is intended to conduct surveys with the public, to inform the study about customer preferences where it comes to an eatery staffed by PwDs. A market analysis will also be conducted via the use of secondary data, and/or on-site observations of the targeted area. Other required data will be collected via contacting various food products and equipment companies/associations that could guide my research about various pricing.

As with all feasibility studies the focus will be on whether the project for this type of operation, and in the chosen venue will be feasible for operations. The type of business model for this enterprise will be indicated, while the start-up costs for launching the project will be included in the study. Meetings will be held with stakeholders whose input will contribute to maximizing the resources found in the community. Because the nature of the start-up is a not-for-profit type, it presents itself with its own challenges and therefore, the business form still needs to be determined.