Disability and work

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People with disabilities make up an estimated one billion, or 15 per cent, of the world's population. About 80 per cent are of working age. The right of people with disabilities to decent work, however, is frequently denied. People with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities, face enormous attitudinal, physical and informational barriers to equal opportunities in the world of work. Read more>>

What's new

  1. Business and persons with disabilities

    Three multinational enterprises join the ILO’s Global Business and Disability Network

    23 October 2017

  2. Regional meeting on disability inclusion in the private sector

    Disability inclusion makes business sense - also in Latin America

    18 September 2017

  3. Networks give a platform for companies’ mutual learning and inspiration

    National Business and Disability Networks - Principles & Guidelines

    17 September 2017

Wage employment of persons with disabilities

  1. The benefits of a diverse workforce which includes disabled employees are increasingly recognized by private and public companies.

Labour market statistics on persons with disabilities

  1. Having better statistical data is essential to design and implement more inclusive labour market interventions.

Workers’ associations and disability

  1. Trade unions have a key role to play in promoting the rights of workers with disabilities.

Disability-inclusive social protection

  1. Social protection schemes should be made inclusive of people with disabilities and provide incentives for persons with disabilities to enter and stay in the labour market.