Disability at a Glance 2015: Strengthening Employment Prospects for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

Disability at a Glance 2015: Strengthening Employment Prospects for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Type: 
Flagship publications and book series
Abstract

Disability at a Glance 2015, the fifth edition in the Disability at a Glance series, focuses on barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, and offers solutions to strengthen their employment prospects.

Like its previous ones, the present edition 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 information is drawn from a targeted disability survey carried out in 2015 by the ESCAP secretariat, and research undertaken by other organizations and scholars.

The publication consists mainly of two parts. In Part 1, Chapter 1 discusses key employment trends shaping the experiences of persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. Chapter 2 considers the major barriers that persons with disabilities face as they seek to find decent work in the open labour market. Chapter 3 explores a number of strategies used by governments and in the private sector to promote greater access to employment for persons with disabilities. Finally, Chapter 4 lays out a series of action points governments should consider in their efforts to remove the numerous employment barriers faced by many millions of women and men with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. In Part 2, country snapshots provide the latest demographic, socioeconomic and employment-specific data for ESCAP members.

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