According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), people with disabilities make up around 15%, of the world’s population. Of that 15%, about 80% are of working age, or about 1 billion people. However, people with disabilities frequently face attitudinal, physical, and programmatic barriers to equal opportunities in employment. They not only experience higher rates of unemployment and economic inactivity in comparison to their contemporaries without disabilities; but they also are at a greater risk of insufficient social protection, which is key to reducing extreme poverty.
As we near the end of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we would like to share with you about the ILO:
The ILO, an agency of the United Nations, aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection, and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues for all people. The ILO is committed to promoting and achieving decent work and community inclusion for people with disabilities. Their dual track approach allows for disability-specific programs/initiatives that are aimed at overcoming disadvantages and barriers; while at the same time seeks ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream services and activities. The ILO also provides publications to the global community, such as white papers, evaluation summaries, guides, policy briefs and more.