Disability, Work and Inclusion

Mainstreaming in All Policies and Practices

One in seven working-age adults identifies as having a disability in OECD countries, a share that is also substantial and growing among young people (8% in 2019). Many of them are excluded from meaningful work and have low levels of income and social engagement. This report documents the current labour market situation of people with disability, who continue to face large employment, unemployment and poverty gaps compared with people without disability. The report concludes that the goal set up some twenty years ago of making disability policies pro-active and employment-oriented has not been achieved. In particular, key areas of disability policy have received too little attention so far, such as policies to support young people with disability, improve the skills of people with disability, and intervene early in the course of a health problem or disability. The report calls for rigorous disability mainstreaming in all relevant policies and practices as the missing link to better labour market inclusion.

Published on October 11, 2022


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Labour market inclusion of people with disability: Where are we now?
Supporting all young people in education and into employment
Designing employment-compatible social protection for all
Harnessing the promise of the Future of Work for all
Getting skills right for all
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