Thursday, June 30, 2016

The differently-abled have much to contribute to society - STAR 2

by Sheela Chandran
Originally published: June 29, 2016

How many employers include differently-abled or those with disabilities in their workforce?

Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that people with disabilities have a right to work on an equal basis with others.

However, a 2015 report found that only 3,741 persons with disabilities had jobs in the public sector out of the country’s over one million civil servants.

Unemployment for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is notably high.

There is a need for transition opportunities to enable school leavers and those who are in vocational programmes to progress into employment. Youth with ASD may make it to university but securing a job after graduation is a challenge even with proper qualifications.