Integration of People with Disabilities: Employment of persons with disabilities

The Council of Europe recommends disability policy guidelines for Member States and this report outlines past and current work and relevant publications in the area of employment of persons with disabilities. Their activities in the field of employment aim at completing or enlarging the provisions of Recommendation No. R (92) 6 on a coherent policy for people with disabilities. Internet publication URL: www.independentliving.org/docs3/coeempl.html

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Activities in the field of employment aim at completing or enlarging the provisions of Recommendation No. R (92) 6 on a coherent policy for people with disabilities (chapter VI on vocational guidance and training and chapter VII on employment).

According to the concept of "employment in a usual and ordinary working environment for all cases where the person with a disability could be judged to be fit normal employment", activities carried out from 1993 to 1996 focused on transition from sheltered to ordinary employment. A new approach is currently being developed. An integral plan of action is being worked out with an active and co-ordinated participation of many actors.


PUBLICATIONS

The transition from sheltered to ordinary employment, 1996 (on sale)
In this report sheltered employment and different systems in force in the countries studied are replaced within the general context of vocational integration of people with disabilities, by proposing a dynamic concept of sheltered work, an active placement policy and the definition of accompanying measures.

Sheltered employment in five member States of the Council of Europe: Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, 1997 (on sale)

This study expands to five more countries that on sheltered employment published in 1992 by the Commission of the European Communities which had then twelve member States. In view of the disparity of the concept of sheltered employment throughout the European States, a broad view of what constitutes sheltered employment has been adopted. This study also deals with the transition from sheltered to ordinary employment. Vocational training and rehabilitation of people with disabilities: a comparative analysis, 1997 (on sale)

This comparative analysis focuses on four main aspects: education, vocational training, guidance to employment and sheltered workshops. It shows that in the fifteen countries concerned, all advocating equal opportunities and the right to independence, persons with disabilities receive appropriate education and integrated education is to the fore.

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