The UNCRPD requires governments to ensure that persons with disabilities have the right to earn a living. This is alongside domestic laws that many countries have for including persons with disabilities in the workforce, which use measures such as introduction of quotas and incentives. Full and productive work for people with disabilities is also specifically referenced in the targets for Sustainable Development Goal 8 (Economic Growth and Employment).
In addition to the UNCRPD, various policies and practices can also encourage improved access to work and employment in the formal and informal economies for persons with disabilities, to enable them to achieve greater economic stability for themselves and their families. These include skills training and vocational rehabilitation, which have an important role to play in supporting persons with disabilities towards self-employment and work in the informal sector.
Shifting discriminatory attitudes and ensuring accessibility of workplaces are also fundamental strategies, which can support inclusive workplaces.
Finally, development and enforcement of laws which prohibit discrimination may support the right to employment.
Resources below outline strategies for promoting disability inclusive work and employment, including as demonstrated through program reviews and case studies.
See also: Accessible infrastructure and communications, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Law and justice, and Supporting participation at an individual level.