The right to work on an equal basis with others and the right to “just and favourable conditions of work” are human rights recognised in Articles 6 and 7 of the ICESCR and Article 27 of the UNCRPD. Raising the rate of people with disability working in the open labour market is among the eight priorities of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. In the last years, new policies have been adopted in many countries and vocational rehabilitation centres have successfully developed approaches promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Yet, the employment rate of people with disabilities remains around 48.7% on average 1.
In addition to the human-based approach, hiring talented people with disabilities presents several benefits for companies too. Diversity in the workplace, including employees with disabilities, brings together diverse experiences and skills that benefit all and virtually any business. People with disabilities can enhance the company’s overall competitiveness through benefits such as increased productivity, greater market share and lower job turnover rates.
The programme for this workshop can be found below.