The ValueAble Network

The Valueable network has been created within the Erasmus + On my work project, financed by the European Commission in 2014-2017.

During those years, a group of disability associations, universities, hotels and one foundation for equal opportunities designed, developed and tested the three tools, which are now promoted by the network: an app for the trainees/ workers with intellectual disabilities, videos for a proper relationship between people with id and their work -mates and a set of instruments aimed at certifying the efforts of the company towards work inclusion.

The first 7 labels were released in December 2016 to Portuguese and Italian hospitality companies and on the 6 th of June of the year after the network counted already with 49 members, from Portugal, Spain and Italy.

The app is available on Google play and Apple store and videos are downloadable from YouTube.

It's time to join the network!

App for Valueable workers

An application dedicated to the people with intellectual disabilities, on training/at work. The App illustrates tasks and provides tools and resources useful in the workplace.

Videos for Valueable workmates

The videos are addressed to employers and employees and provide examples about the correct relationships and behaviours between people with an intellectual disability and their co-workers.

E-learning for Valueable managers

4 -modules- e- learning course for  hospitality managers about including people with intellectual disability within their workforce: attitudes, methods and tools to make the best of such an experience.

What is Valueable

ValueAble is an international certification attesting that companies that have been awarded it belong to the European network of socially responsible hotels and restaurants, which offer opportunities of professional advancement to people with intellectual disabilities


The trademark “ValueAble, handing opportunities” is aimed at all the hospitality organisations, which: comply with the specific national legislation, are committed to including people with intellectual disabilities within their workforce by providing internships and/or job opportunities according to the rules of the Valueable Code of Conduct.


The bronze version certifies specific conditions and actions aimed to include without any discrimination. It certifies also the provision of internships to people with intellectual disabilities.


The silver version requires a further engagement: fixed (min. 3 months) or permanent job for at least one worker with an intellectual disability.


The golden version is granted to those employers who hire at least one worker with an intellectual disability and act as ambassadors of the Valueable trademark.


Stand up for a Valueable network!

Here are some of the workers from the hotels and restaurants already “on board” within the network.

ValueAble Worker


ValueAble Team

Job, Team, Kitchen

ValueAble Worker


Time Hours

Design, Photography

ValueAble Friendship

Job, Team

ValueAble Worker


ValueAble Team

Team Work

ValueAble Worker


ValueAble Video Project

Presentation of the “On My Own…At Work” project and the Valueable trademark.


Keep updated about Valueable network!

Here you can find news and curiosities from the hospitality world.


Valueable Riddle: "GUESS THE CITY"

October 2018 in News

The Project Manager of Valueable Network, Paola Vulterini, is going to attend bilateral meetings with some project partners around Europe. We want to make the journey more exciting and follow her! What does it mean? We are about to play a game (Valueable Riddle) called "Guess The City"!! It will last from Monday 8th to Friday 12th October 2018. How do you win? Simple! Just write a comment to the tweet with the name of the city you think our Project Manager is visiting! The quicke... more

Alexandra_Waitress_Valueable Network

July 2018 in News

Here is Alexandra, from Hungary, performing one her daily tasks in Melià Milano. Please click the following link: more

Agnes, hungarian trainee, making waffle

July 2018 in News

Second traineeship abroad of the "Valueable (handing opportunities)" project. The video shows Agnes, Cook Assistant, working at Melià Milano and making waffles (one of the things she is asked to do). Fresh food instantly cooked in a 5-star hotel. Great experience for her, for the staff and for the people living this atmosphere showing that job inclusion is not only possible but also "VALUeABLE". Plese watch the video at the following link: more

Updates from Milan_2° internship abroad

July 2018 in News

Agnes and Alexandra (both from Hungary) are working at Melia Milano for 3 weeks (2-21 July 2018). As a Cook Assistant and a Waitress, they are very committed and passionate about their job. Staff and Management are really proud of them! more

Second Internship abroad_Two Hungarian Trainees to Melià Milano

July 2018 in News

Melià International is a PARTNER of Valueable Network. Melià Milano is a MEMBER of Valueable Network and a hospitality business hosting two Hungarian trainees for a three-week work experience. Melià Milano is a "silver label" since 6/6/2017. If you are curious to know more, follow us on FB and TW: more

Valueable (Handing Opportunities)_Registered Trademark

June 2018 in News

The Registered Trademark Valueable Handing Opportunities has been registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Are you a business willing to promote job inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the hospitality sector? Get in touch and ask for further information. more

Coordination Meeting in Madrid_April 2018

April 2018 in News

The 1° Coordination Meeting of the European project "Valueable Network" was held in October 2017 in Rome. After 6 months, the 2° one was held in Madrid and was regularly realised with the participation of all the partners: hospitality employers, training agencies and disability associations. It was held at the premises of Down Espana on 18-19th April 2018 and led by the project manager Paola Vulterini. The meeting discussion was about the State of the Art, current and future situation (gener... more

Video of Valueable presentation at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference

March 2018 in News

For all those who were unable to participate live in the presentation of the Valueable network at the United Nations on 21 March for the #WDSD18, here is the recording of the first part of the event with many stories. Paola Vulterini's speech, the Valueable voice, is at about 1:26:50 minute. But if you are really interested in having a world overview of who are people with Down syndrome and what their contribution to the community is, we recommend the entire viewing of the video. Our so... more

Valueable presentaion at United Nations, March 21st, 2018

March 2018 in News

Pleased to have delivered our #valueable presentation to the "world" during the World Down Syndrome Day Conference, in New York at the United Nations Headquarters, yesterday, on the 21st of March. "We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference". N. Mandela more

Ready to spread Valueable voice at UN for the WDSD 2018

March 2018 in News

Last preparatory work before the speech of Paola Vulterini, the ValueAble voice at United Nations for the Conference #WhatIbringtotheworkplace in occasion of the World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD18. Here you can find the programme of the event: You can also join the conference via UN Web TV, either live or on playback): We are really proud to be taking part in this event! more

Valueable at Fareturismo, Rome 16 march 2018

March 2018 in News

Have you ever seen it? We are in Rome, at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro or simply the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum). Behind this building, an important national event took place: FareTurismo, that is the meeting place for those who want to train and work in tourism and hospitality sector. Valueable could not miss the appointment! Today Valueable delegation (Associazione Italiana Persone Down - AIPD Nazionale and Alberghi Confin... more

Valueable at 45th EHMA Annual General Meeting - Marbella 16-18 March 2018

March 2018 in News

Vaueable network is travelling around Europe. It will be presented in Marbella, the venue for the 45th Annual Conference of the European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA), which will take place from March 16 to 18, 2018 and which is expected to be attended by some 300 people from the most important hotels in Europe. Thanks EHMA for the invitation, it will be a pleasure to share Valueable experience with luxury hotel managers. For detailed info, please visit: more

ValueAble, the network of the hospitality employers who promote job inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, presented in New York on march, 21st.

February 2018 in News

21 March 2018 marks the 13th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The general topic of this year is: #WhatIBringToMyCommunity - how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport. That day, at United Nations Headquarters, New York, a conference titled “What I bring to the workplace” will draw together people w... more

The aim: total JOB INCLUSION for people with intellectual disabilities. How?

February 2018 in News

1° step: widening the NETWORK! Get on board! Putting together businesses, training agencies, associations and people with intellectual disabilities to create a "Valueable Network" and promote job inclusion in the hospitality sector. Get more information about our members and partners: more

Free Time in Porto.

February 2018 in News

After two working weeks, the tiredness is on the shoulders. But the time cannot be wasted. The experience must be lived fully! Going around and having fun in Porto is the best thing to recharge the batteries and getting ready to start a new week! What are the challenges that will be faced during the last working week? more

Informal Conversation between "valueable" people and different stakeholders.

February 2018 in News

Saturday, the 17th February 2018, at 10.00 am, at Centro de Congresos Axis Hoteis e Golfe in Porto, a chance for an informal conversation with our ValueAble managers, partners, tutors and trainees has been offered to anyone interested in getting more information about Valueable Network. Thanks to Axis Hoteis for hosting and organising this event, disseminating the experience and contributing to raising awareness. more

Play the game: "Find the differences"!

February 2018 in News

Important studies on perception show that the first image you see says a lot about your personality. What do you see first? Find the differences between the proposed images, trying to be as quick as possible, and write it down in the comments! #Valueable workers at work! more

Valentine's Day 2018

February 2018 in News

Love. "All love is sweet, given or returned. Common as light is love, and its familiar voice wearies not ever. Like the wide heaven, the all-sustaining air, It makes the reptile equal to the God; they who inspire it most are fortunate, as I am now; but those who feel it most are happier still." (Percy Bysshe Shelley) During this special day, our workers are glad to work and make the atmosphere of the restaurant special for the incoming clients. Happy #Valueable Valentine's day!!! more

Learning tasks, in different roles: from housekeepers to waiters.

February 2018 in News

Second internship week and new job position for Lorenzo and Valerio. Previous week: housekeepers. Current (2°) week: waiters. The restaurant of Axis Hoteis e Golfe in Porto has two more waiters, who are learning new tasks thanks to the great colleague who taught them the tricks of the trade! more

First weekend in Porto for the first two Valueable trainees.

February 2018 in News

After the first week of internship at Axis Hotel in Porto, Lorenzo, Valerio and their tutor Valentina can finally have a rest and enjoy the city, during a well deserved valueable weekend! more


February 2018 in News

The weekend is coming! Two days off are what you need to start working next week with determination and renewed energy. Let's stroll through the streets of Porto city centre, go shopping, have fun! more

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

February 2018 in News

The first week of internship abroad for Lorenzo and Valerio at Axis Hoteis e Golfe in Porto is now running out. Thanks to their colleague, they learned the main tasks to be carried out as part of the housekeeping staff. Grat job, #valueable guys! more

Ready to start!

February 2018 in News

There is a time when ideas and projects turn into reality. Valerio and Lorenzo are on the way to Portugal. Axis Hoteis e Golfe is waiting for them. Tomorrow will be "working day n° 1" for the first two #valueable trainees. Stay tuned! more

First "Valueable" Internship. Destination: Portugal, Axis Porto Hotel

January 2018 in News

Internship abroad. The time has come. Valerio and Lorenzo, both Italians, are the first trainees (out of 12, from different countries) involved in this working experience, which will last 21 days. They are starting on the 5th of February 2018. They have been preparing for it, together with their tutor Valentina, in order to be ready and motivated to get the most out from this "journey". In the next months other people with intellectual disabilities, coming from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Hu... more

Myths and facts

July 2017 in News

Are you thinking about hiring a person with an intellectual disability but you believe you could not afford? Think it again! more

Contact Us

If you want to increase your activities in Corporate Social Responsibility by promoting inclusion and diversity,

if you have an intellectual disability,

if you are a training agency.

Or if you are just interested in ValueAble …

Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Associazione Italiana Persone Down ONLUS - International Office

Address: Via Fasana, 1 B - Roma (RM) 00195 - Italy

Phone: +39.06.3723909 +39.06.3722510



SPAIN, please contact Down España:

PORTUGAL, please contact Associação Portuguesa de Portadores de Trissomia 21:

HUNGARY, please contact Down

GERMANY, please contact Hamburger

TURKEY, please contact Down Sendromu 


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