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Disability at a Glance 2015

Strengthening Employment Prospects for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

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This publication focuses on barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and offers solutions to strengthen their employment prospects. It offers a regional overview of disability legislation, policies and practices, as well as relevant country-specific information with a particular emphasis on the employment of persons with disabilities. The publication discusses key employment trends shaping the experiences of persons with disabilities. It considers the major barriers that persons with disabilities face as they seek to find decent work. It explores a number of strategies used by governments and in the private sector to promote greater access to employment for persons with disabilities. Finally, it lays out a series of action points governments should consider to remove barriers.

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Preface

There are 650 million persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. Policymakers have a responsibility to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights and freedoms on an equal basis with others. With 160 ratifications since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, the CRPD is the most rapidly approved United Nations human rights convention in history — a feat that demonstrates the global commitment to disability. In Asia and the Pacific, efforts to implement the rights of persons with disabilities have been strengthened by the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific — the world’s first set of regionally agreed disability-inclusive development goals.

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