Disability, Work and Inclusion

Mainstreaming in All Policies and Practices

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One in seven working-age adults identifies as having a disability in OECD countries, a share that is also substantial and growing among young people (8% in 2019). Many of them are excluded from meaningful work and have low levels of income and social engagement. This report documents the current labour market situation of people with disability, who continue to face large employment, unemployment and poverty gaps compared with people without disability. The report concludes that the goal set up some twenty years ago of making disability policies pro-active and employment-oriented has not been achieved. In particular, key areas of disability policy have received too little attention so far, such as policies to support young people with disability, improve the skills of people with disability, and intervene early in the course of a health problem or disability. The report calls for rigorous disability mainstreaming in all relevant policies and practices as the missing link to better labour market inclusion.


Harnessing the promise of the Future of Work for all

The rapidly changing world of work offers promising potentials to make work more accessible and more inclusive for people with disability. Work may become healthier for all as well. However, these promises will only materialise if countries take the necessary policy actions. This chapter proposes a set of five principles to help governments to do so.




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