Disability and work

People with disabilities make up an estimated one billion, or 15 per cent, of the world's population. About 80 per cent are of working age. The right of people with disabilities to decent work, however, is frequently denied. People with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities, face enormous attitudinal, physical and informational barriers to equal opportunities in the world of work. Read more
  1. Five ways to include persons with disabilities in COVID-19 responses

    The inequalities exacerbating COVID-19’s impact on persons with disabilities are not new. The risk in the response to the current crisis is that persons with disabilities will be left behind once again. The good news is that we already know what works.

What's new

  1. Article

    A web developer sets to support SMEs with newly attained digital skills

    08 October 2021

  2. Publication

    ILO Disability Inclusion Policy and Strategy 2020-23

    27 September 2021

  3. International Day of Sign Languages 2021

    Marlee Matlin: "We sign for Human Rights"

    23 September 2021

Focus on

  1. Wage employment of persons with disabilities

    The benefits of a diverse workforce which includes disabled employees are increasingly recognized by private and public companies.

  2. Workers’ associations and disability

    Trade unions have a key role to play in promoting the rights of workers with disabilities.

  3. Disability-inclusive social protection

    Social protection schemes should be made inclusive of people with disabilities and provide incentives for persons with disabilities to enter and stay in the labour market.

  4. ILO Global Business and Disability Network

    Employer-led initiative that works to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in workplaces around the world.