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Making the future of work inclusive of persons with disabilities
21 Nov 2019

Fundación ONCE and the ILO Global Business and Disability Network have launched the publication "Making the future of work inclusive of persons with disabilities". This publication has been developed by both entities in the framework of the Disability Hub Europe initiative, led by Fundación ONCE and co-funded by the European Social Fund.

For the first time, the document analyses the key trends shaping the  "Future of Work" from a disability perspective. Processes such as the technological revolution, demand for new skills, cultural and demographic changes as well as the climate change are the object of reflection to identify the challenges and opportunities that those can present for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market. A population of a billion people in the world.

Inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Agenda 2030, the publication constitutes a specific contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 8 "Decent work and economic growth", which target 8.5 specifically mentions persons with disabilities.

The publication, which has counted with the collaboration of a group of experts from worldwide organizations, maintains that the future of work is not something "given" but that it is possible to shape it with the contribution of all stakeholders, so that no one is left behind. In order to mitigate risks and make the most of opportunities presented to people with disabilities, it suggests to act urgently, focusing on five objectives, from which measures are derived for public administrations, businesses, disability entities, trade unions and academia, with an important role of alliances.

These 5 objectives, within the framework of the trends shaping the future of work, are: Inclusive new forms of employment; On-going inclusive training; Universal Design for developing infrastructures, products and services; Accessible assistive technology; Inclusive economic development and growth.

The publication was the opening element of the Annual Conference of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network held in Geneva on 21 November at ILO headquarters, with representatives of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the OECD, the International Organization of Employers, the European Commission, the ILO itself and Fundación ONCE, represented by Fernando Riaño, Head of CSR and Institutional Relations of the ONCE Social Group.