Summary & Key Learning Points

The CRPD articulates the right to work and employment for persons with disabilities. Despite this and relevant advances in national level protections, persons with disabilities tend to remain disproportionately represented among the unemployed or under- employed population.

This module explores barriers faced by persons with disabilities in the world of work, such as lack of access to equal educational and training opportunities, stereotypes, and inaccessibility of information and of the physical environment. It further reviews different forms of prohibited discrimination that may affect persons with disabilities, as well as the obligation to provide reasonable accommodation.

Finally, it presents a range of measures that can be taken to promote employment opportunities and career advancement for persons with disabilities. These include mainstreaming disability in national development plans, setting up of supported employment programmes, micro-financing, and ensuring accessibility to information, ICTs, public services, facilities and transportation.