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Economic Inclusion

Living with a disability can create barriers to economic independence for both individuals and families, often due to stigma. It is estimated that 80-90% of persons with disabilities of working age in developing countries are unemployed. How might we ensure that people with disabilities have the ability to secure a livelihood in formal or informal sectors that will support them and their families?

Let’s develop ideas that that will support persons with a physical, psychosocial, and cognitive disabilities to find decent work, get hired, and thrive in the workforce with equal pay. Keep in mind the importance of aligning the support to market opportunities so that individuals can sustainably support themselves and their families. Economic inclusion is a critical tool to enable people with disabilities to increase their socio-economic status, but will also help to break stigma and discrimination around disabilities

To kick start your brainstorming, a few ideas that would fit into this category include:

  • New ways to bridge between education and employment, such as creation of a community job placement hub providing interview and other support services.
  • Creation of a new technology that allows persons with a specific impairment to thrive in the workplace.
  • Market-relevant skills training or mentorship programs.
  • A social enterprise that consults with companies to understand how to best support people with disabilities that both increases inclusion and profits.

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After being healed of obstetric fistula, women receive livelihood training to enable them to battle stigma and provide for their families.

After being healed of obstetric fistula, women receive livelihood training to enable them to battle stigma and provide for their families.

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