Moving towards disability inclusion: Stories of change

The stories presented in this publication illustrate how the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme through the PROPEL project is promoting employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. PROPEL operates in Ethiopia, China, Indonesia, Viet Nam and Zambia.

The stories presented in this publication provide insight into how the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme on disability works with governments, the private sector, representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, organizations of disabled persons, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and others to forge new and innovative ways to include people with disabilities in the world of work.

Several promising interventions/approaches showcased through the stories contained in this collection could be replicated or scaled up, including Supported Employment for job seekers with intellectual disabilities, inclusive vocational education and training, and the establishment of national business and disability networks. In the process, this could help spread good practices in overcoming challenges faced by disabled persons in accessing skills development and employment. As the different initiatives and activities develop over time, PROPEL studies the lessons learned, applying the learning in the design of future actions to support employment of persons with disabilities, and also shares these widely for broader impact.

By being both a source and a catalyst of change, knowledge-sharing and innovation, the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme is helping countries around the world achieve more and better results for women and men with disabilities.