Disability inclusion refers to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in everyday activities, ensuring they have access to the same resources and opportunities as their peers who do not have a disability.

What is disability inclusion? 

The purpose of disability inclusion is to ensure that people with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as those with no disabilities. 

This includes all areas of education, work, social engagement and community activities. It aims to promote equal treatment within societies that actively embrace diversity and respect the rights of all individuals.

Disability inclusion – meaning and explanation

As stated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the concept of disability is constantly evolving. People with disabilities continue to face systemic barriers that prevent them from accessing basic services, facilities, and opportunities that are available to individuals without disabilities. 

Some of these barriers are:

These barriers can (and often do) intersect with other barriers associated with gender, age, sexual orientation, race and other factors.

Why is disability inclusion important?

15 % of the world’s population, or approximately one billion people, have some form of disability. People with disabilities are more likely to experience socioeconomic discrimination through less education, inadequate healthcare, unemployment, lower wages and unsafe working conditions. Due to these factors, there is also an increased risk of poverty among people with disabilities.

Disability inclusion requires adequate practices and policies that effectively address and eliminate prejudices that hinder the full social participation for individuals with disabilities. When these are included in solid programs of inclusion, it creates a supportive and productive workplace for everyone.

Examples of disability-inclusion in the workplace

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