Throughout Europe, persons with disabilities encounter multiple
obstacles with regard to access to and participation in the labour
market. Lack of accessibility, discrimination and negative stereotyping
on their level of competences hinder their participation in the
workforce. In addition, employers are too often unwilling to provide
reasonable accommodation. Despite action taken in recent years in
Council of Europe member States to tackle this problem, the employment
rate of persons with disabilities remains unsatisfactory.
Full inclusion of persons with disabilities starts with inclusion
in mainstream schools. Awareness raising on the added value of recruiting
persons with disabilities is essential so as to trigger a change
of mindsets in the long term. Accompanying persons with disabilities
when looking for a job is also important in order to ensure that vulnerabilities
are taken into account.
The Parliamentary Assembly should call for the implementation
of the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities and ask for an inclusive, accessible
and safe working environment for persons with disabilities which
allows them to work in fair conditions and enjoy equal opportunities.
Tangible progress can be achieved if strong political will for the
inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce is translated
into concrete action and sufficient financial resources are allocated
to this end.