11/12/2019

Persons with disabilities need new roadmap to join future world of work

There are estimated to be one billion people in the world with
disabilities. They already face challenges that hamper their participation in the
world of work and place them at greater risk of poverty and social exclusion.
Those with disabilities will face additional challenges in reaping the benefits
of changes affecting the world of work, according to a new report.

Those with disabilities will face additional challenges in reaping the benefits
of changes affecting the world of work, according to the report 'Making the future
of work inclusive of people with disabilities'. The publication also outlines a
roadmap to help create a more equitable future of work. The authors identify five
key objectives necessary if persons with disabilities are to be included in the
future of work:

1. New forms of employment and employment relations must integrate disability
inclusion;

2. Skills development and lifelong learning must be inclusive;

3. New infrastructure, products and services must follow the principles of
Universal Design (meaning they can be accessed, understood and used by all);

4. Assistive technologies must be affordable and available; and

5. More measures to include persons with disabilities in growing and developing
areas of the economy are needed.


International Labour Organisation (ILO)


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