Disability, Work and Inclusion in Italy
Better Assessment for Better Support
One in seven working age adults identifies as having a disability in OECD countries.
Many of them are excluded from meaningful work and have low levels of income and social
engagement. Governments can help create an environment that supports social and labour
market integration for people with disability. This report reviews the effectiveness
of the social protection system for people with disability in Italy and summarises
the results of a pilot carried out in four regions testing an alternative disability
assessment. The current assessment process can sometimes deny services to people in
need of support while being generous to people with significant health problems but
who are not experiencing severe disability. A disability assessment that takes medical
and functional aspects into account helps to direct services and resources to those
most in need and to harmonise access to disability support across the country. Implementing
disability reform has proved to be difficult in Italy in the past decade. This report
provides evidence that reform can improve outcomes for people with disability.
Available from November 29, 2023Also available in: Italian