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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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Introduction

The right to work is fundamental to being a full and equal member of society, and it applies to all persons, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. A decent job in the open labour market is a key bulwark against poverty. It also enables people to build self-esteem, form social relationships, and to gain skills and knowledge. Moreover, a productive workforce is essential for overall economic growth. Barriers to employment thus not only affect individuals’ lives, but the entire economy.

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