Module objectives

  • To provide an overview of the right to work and employment of persons with disabilities and practical suggestions to address barriers and promote strategies for inclusion.

Who is this module for?

This module is relevant to everyone who has an interest in, or a duty to protect and promote, the human rights of persons with disabilities to ensure their full and effective participation and inclusion in society, including persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, NGOs, Governments, UN agencies, development ministries, universities, researchers, international organizations and donors. Moreover, it is for those interested in identifying gaps and challenges that persons with disabilities encounter with regards to work/employment and then addressing them in policymaking, and programing.

What is this module about?

The content of this module:

  • reviews the provisions of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) focusing specifically on article 27 on work and employment;
  • explains relevant concepts relating to economic empowerment and employment of persons with disabilities;
  • identifies strategies and solutions to ensure that the barriers faced by persons with disabilities to work have been removed so that their right to work is promoted;
  • includes learning exercises to accompany the material; and
  • lists key resources for additional reference.

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, participants will have:

  1. Identified the importance of employment for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society.
  2. Identified and removed barriers for persons with disabilities in employment.
  3. Reflected on the concept of providing reasonable accommodation.
  4. Highlighted approaches to facilitating employment for persons with disabilities. 

Module map

A module map with 5 steps. It starts with step 1 overview, then step 2 technical content that has 4 stages. It continues with stage 2A background, then stage 2B legal framework, then stage 2C reasonable accommodation, then stage 2D approaches facilitating employment for persons with disabilities. The map continues with step 3 summary and key learning points, then step 4 useful resources and it ends with step 5 learning activities.