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Data on persons with disabilities are hard to come by in almost every country.Specific data on their employment situation are even harder to find.Yet persons with disabilities face the same predicament everywhere.These data, culled from the media and from reports, provide an anecdotal picture of the current situation.In developing countries, 80% to 90% of persons with disabilities of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialized countries the figure is between 50% and 70%.There are approximately 40 million persons with disabilities, and of these 43% to 54% were of working age in 1998.‘Labor day and people with disabilities’, 69% of the 5.1 million persons with disabilities are of working age (16 to 55-60).Only 30% of them have a job and a stable income to support themselves and their family.

Since 2001, more than 55,000 persons with physical disabilities have entered the labour market.

For graduates of four-year colleges, the employment rate, for both men and women, is 89.9%.

For college graduates with disabilities, the employment rate is 50.6%.

Europe According to the disability community, the biggest barriers to employment is prejudice and fear about potential additional costs for the employer, such as special transport costs for the employee with disabilities. “Stereotypes of persons with disabilities as incapable, unambitious, unreliable and costly to employ still abound, says a revealing report on employers’ attitudes to disability by Scope, the cerebral palsy charity.

Another is responsibility to meet the pension costs, should the employee become permanently incapacitated for work. Ignorance, fear and prejudice are among the reasons for persons with disabilities being five times more likely to be unemployed and claiming benefits than able-bodied people, said the report, ‘Ready, willing and disabled’.” 45% of employers said they could not afford to hire a person with disabilities and a further 44% did not know whether the cost would prevent them.