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. Easy-to-read version of "Making the green transition inclusive for persons with disabilities" report

    Making sure that people with disabilities can take part in changes to work because of climate change

    29 February 2024

  2. Disability Inclusion

    Forty persons with disabilities receive job offers at groundbreaking national job fair

    20 February 2024

  3. Press release

    Joint commitment to inclusive employment for people with disabilities

    17 January 2024

Focus on

  1. Wage employment of persons with disabilities

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

  2. Workers’ associations and disability

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

  3. Disability-inclusive social protection

    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.

  4. ILO Global Business and Disability Network

    Employer-led initiative that works to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in workplaces around the world.