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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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Barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities

Barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities take many forms and operate at many levels, both within and beyond the workplace itself. Persons with disabilities may be prevented from working due to inaccessible transportation services; the lack of accessible information and communications services; the preference of employers for candidates without disabilities; legal stipulations that prevent individuals with particular impairments from working in certain fields; or the discouragement of family and community members. Whilst these obstacles are often interconnected, and act collectively to limit employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, it is essential to distinguish between different barriers in order to develop effective policy responses. The major types of barriers are described below.

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