The right to decent work of persons with disabilities

It traces the growth of attention to disability issues in international and national standards since the early twentieth century, and it reviews the types of policy measures in place in countries around the world. It also shows clearly that progress has been made, but underscores the need to step up international and national efforts to break down the economic and social exclusion of disabled persons.

This book provides an invaluable overview of the principal international legal instruments, policies and initiatives of relevance to the rights of persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on employment and work. It focuses on the different options available to persons with disabilities who wish to work in open/competitive employment, sheltered employment, supported employment and social enterprises and examines the trends in each of these categories, highlighting the key issues faced in each case.

The volume also deals with the main approaches which have been adopted at national level to assist persons with disabilities in securing, retaining and advancing in employment and work, including legislation; employment services; training for employment; disability management; financial, technical and personal supports; and persuasion measures. The essential elements of consultation, information gathering, monitoring and evaluation are also covered.

Along with a useful list of definitions of key terms, the book also proposes an agenda for future action required in order to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 2006, and its provisions on work and employment.