Decent work is the ILO's primary goal for everyone, including persons with disabilities. The ILO has worked for over 50 years to promote skills development and employment opportunities for people with disabilities based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment, mainstreaming into vocational rehabilitation and employment services programmes and community involvement. The principle of non-discrimination is increasingly emphasized as disability issues have come to be seen as human rights issues. The ILO works to achieve this goal through promoting labour standards, advocacy, knowledge-building on the training and employment of people with disabilities and technical cooperation services and partnerships, both within the ILO and externally. A strategy of including consideration of persons with disabilities in the training and employment promotion policies and programmes of the ILO and of constituents is currently being developed.
14 March 2014
People with disabilities represent an untapped pool of skills, employing them makes good business sense. Companies can benefit from more diverse workforce, improved productivity, reduced turnover, safer workplaces and increased customer service and community brand loyalty.
Employment Working Paper No. 141
22 June 1955
Recommendation concerning Vocational Rehabilitation of the Disabled
20 June 1983
Convention concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons)
(Note: Date of coming into force: 06/20/1985.)
13 February 2002
This code has been drawn up to guide employers to adopt a positive strategy in managing disability related issues in the workplace. It is intended to be read in the context of national conditions and to be applied in accordance with national law and practice.
25 June 1958
Convention concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation
(Note: Date of coming into force: 06/15/1960.)
20 June 1983
RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT (DISABLED PERSONS)