Disability and work

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2011

Observed on the 3rd of December each year, the day aims to encourage better understanding of disability issues. This year’s theme is “Together for a better world for all: including persons with disabilities in development”. It seeks to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their communities in development efforts.

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which focuses this year on “Together for a better world for all: including persons with disabilities in development” the ILO has launched a new ‘ILO Global Business and Disability Network’ website: www.businessanddisability.org

The network and its website will help its members share knowledge and identify good practices; develop products and services that facilitate hiring and retention of disabled people; strengthen technical expertise on disability issues; and link its members to ILO activities and partners at the national level and through their local offices and supply chains.

"The idea is to bring everybody together to find the best ways to include people with disabilities in the workplace - what are the good practices, who would make good partners for companies and how can we move this forward so the companies can realize the business case and people with disabilities can have access to decent work”, said Debra Perry, Senior Disability Technical Specialist at the ILO.

Henrik Moller, Senior Professional Officer with the Bureau for Employers' Activities said “This platform provides ILO’s knowledge and technical expertise on disability issues to Network members and will change the workplace, making it more diverse, more productive and more inclusive of people with disabilities.”

Contact information

  • Debra Perry, Senior Specialist in Disability Inclusion, Email: perry@ilo.org, +4122/799-6258.
  • Henrik Moller, Senior Programme and Operations Officer, Email: moller@ilo.org, +4122/799-7952.
  • Or write to: ILO Global Business and Disability Network, email: businessanddisability@ilo.org