These guidelines were first published in 2007, with the support of the Government of Ireland, shortly after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to promote the reappraisal of disability as a human rights issue. Intended primarily for policy-makers and drafters of legislation, particularly in States Parties to the CRPD that are required to review their legislative provisions as a first step, they aim to support the revision of existing laws and development of new laws of relevance to women and men with disabilities, and the development of regulations and policies to give effect to these laws.
The inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace is no longer absent from the business agenda. Nonetheless, managers still struggle in implementing inclusion strategies effectively. Based on examples from 15 multinational companies, employers’ organizations and business networks, this publication presents key factors leading to the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. Divided into two main sections – the why and the how, it provides solutions and ideas on how to improve and expand existing practices, as well as guidance to those who wish to get started and take active part in transforming what it is still perceived as unusual into a natural component of the work environment.
Reasonable accommodations enable employees to bring their full self to work and thereby contribute to business success. Reasonable accommodation is a concept that is applicable to all workers. However, specific groups of workers are more likely to be in need of reasonable accommodations, including persons with disabilities, people living with HIV or AIDS, pregnant workers and those with family responsibilities as well as employees who hold a particular religion or belief. Employers that accommodate individual needs create environments that welcome the diversity of their staff, create greater inclusion and are economically more successful. This guide is designed to help the reader understand the concept of reasonable accommodations, accompanying measures as well as the process and steps to provide workplace adjustments throughout the employment cycle, including practical examples.