The Institute

Who we are

The Paradigm Institute is a social consultancy, dedicated to developing projects for education, work and community development towards the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Thus, we provide specialized consulting and advisory services for companies, the public sector and the non-profit sector, managed with our own methodology and committed to generating sustainable social change.

Our history in this area began with the founding of ABAED (Brazilian Association for Educational Support of People with Disabilities), in 1991, by our current president Luiza Russo. It was one of the first institutions to develop projects aimed at the social inclusion of people with disabilities, going beyond specialized care.

After 10 years, it was natural for ABAED’s educators to move on to a work model, which now takes shape in the actions of the Paradigm Institute, allowing this accumulated knowledge to be disseminated, sharing information and experiences gained from living with the challenges faced by the disabled population and society.

Currently, the Paradigm Institute is adopting a work agenda expanded by its national and international actions, actively participating in initiatives such as:

Latin America’s first accredited member of Workability International, a global interchange network of experiences and methodologies about employment and professional qualification of people with disabilities.

A participant of the Global Compact human rights committee, collaborating with national initiatives based on UN directives and coordinated by the Ethos Institute, aimed at stimulating companies to adopt, as part of their strategic principles, good practices in the areas of human rights, work, the environment and fighting corruption.

Participation in the writing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In order to serve its partners and clients with transparency and efficacy, the Paradigm Institute adopts management practices for its internal projects and processes that are committed to the sustainable application of its human and financial resources. For this purpose, it counts with the permanent auditing of Terco Grant Thornton International Ltd.