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Stepping Up to Progress: Only Employers Can Close Disability Employment Gap

People with disabilities continue to face difficult barriers to employment despite laws intended to promote progress. In the final analysis, only employers can ease labor market access for PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
By Anna Gonsalves

A significant percentage of people with disabilities continue to face barriers to employment in European countries. This is despite country-based and European Union legislation prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and a sincere effort by various government agencies like the Justice and Consumers unit of the European Commission to keep employers informed and to raise public awareness.

The disability employment gap figures are considerably varied among the many European countries, but overall the gap is approximately 20 percent for people with disabilities. It is not just the employment gap that is an issue. People with disabilities who do get a job are often discriminated against in various, often subtle, ways...

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