Article 27 of the UN CRPD recognises the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others, in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.
Service providers play an important role in the implementation of Article 27 by making employment and employment-related services available for persons with various support needs.
The topic covers all forms of employment; in the open labour market as well as in sheltered or supported employment schemes. Sheltered and protected environments are instrumental in the transition towards the open labour market. They provide ongoing support to people with higher support needs who may be unable to assume employment in the open labour market.
The range of services provided by EASPD members include training and vocational guidance programmes, supported employment, employment in social economy enterprises and others.