Combating unemployment

A project from Rehabilitation International (RI) in co-operation with GLADNET, the World Association for Supported Employment (WASE),the Employment Affinity group of the International Association for the Scientific Studies of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) and other affiliates



Many millions of people with disabilities around the world are excluded from society, are living in poor conditions and are unemployed. The total number of people with a disability is worldwide between 500 and 650 million, depending on legislation and registration.

General figures are:

• 370 million in Asia • 386 million of working-age worldwide • 238 million in Asia are of working-age • unemployment rates are double that of the general population and high as 80 percent • disability and poverty are linked: 20 percent of the world’s poor are disable.

Many people with disabilities had lack of opportunities for education and (vocational) training. Specific attention is needed to increase work and living condition of disabled people all over the world.

UN Human Rights Convention

The United Nations (UN) has set up an international human rights convention on the rights of disabled people.

What the convention will do for disabled people

A human rights convention is a piece of international law, which sets out the duty of countries to protect human rights. Once it comes into force, it will be legally binding for any country that ratifies it. The convention will come into force 30 days after 20 states have ratified. The UN Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides a recognised international standard for disabled people's human rights in one document. This will help the international community to put pressure on countries whose work on disability rights could be improved. Countries that ratify the convention will also have to report regularly to the UN about the steps they're taking to protect and promote disabled people's rights.


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