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!


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.

Video Tutorials

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Informal Conversation between "valueable" people and different stakeholders.

February 2018 in News

On Saturday, the 17 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

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

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

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: Viale delle Milizie, 106 - Roma (RM) 00192 - 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 Alapitvany:

GERMANY, please contact Hamburger Arbeitsassistenz:

TURKEY, please contact Down Sendromu


Join The Network