The right to work for people with disabilities – international perspectives


International Conference at the University of Kassel (March 8 – 10, 2017)

International experts gathered to discuss how open, inclusive and accessible the labour market and the work enviroment is for people with disbilities.

Klaus Lachwitz, President of Inclusion International was invited to contribute to the global perspective on the rights to (decent) work for persons with disabilities. Together with Jason Hardman from Mencap (II member in the UK) they presented a session on the participation of disabled persons- organizations and the right to work.

Key messages delivered:

  • How we are planning to increase the numbers of people in work – the plan we have
  • Why supported employment present the best model to achieve this
  • How we show employers the clear business case associated with employing someone with a learning disability.

Klaus closing speech on March 10 focused on barriers and opportunities for persons with disabilities to change from sheltered employment settings into an open and inclusive labour market – Positions of UN Bodies and some Global, Regional and National Disabled People Organisations (DPOs).