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I.L.O. conducts study on disability and the Indian labour market

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) unveiled a study called ‘Persons with Disability and the Indian Labour Market: Challenges and Opportunities’ at a meeting in New Delhi on June 27. The study conducted by Meera Shenoy, aims to study the issues faced by persons with disabilities in the labour market to enable I.L.O. to identify potential strategic interventions in their future advocacy.

The study reveals that 73.6 percent of people with disabilities are out of the labour force. The reasons cited are negative attitude of employers, low literacy levels (51 percent of people with disabilities are illiterate), lack of accessibility at work place, lack of access to skills and technology, rural disconnect from markets, among several others.

The recommendations of the study include developing an employment portal for persons with disabilities, developing a compendium of best practices, implementing a social marketing campaign and inclusion of persons with disabilities in trade unions.