Michael Förster: Increasing Employment among People with Disability: New Ways of Addressing Partial Work Capacity in OECD Countries

Monday, 7 July 2008, 15:00
Seminar Room at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Orsolya Lelkes

Speaker: Michael Förster, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Paris

Highlights of the Seminar
Employment policies directed towards people with disability in OECD countries have been shifting their focus on what people can do rather than what they cannot do and to provide support accordingly. The present paper reviews recent policy changes in eleven OECD countries (Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom), based on the ongoing OECD Review Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers. It considers the changing roles of the public sector, the employers and people with reduced work capacity. The paper presents outcomes of past and present policies. It concludes by describing the key challenges that policy makers need to address if the new approaches are to be successful in both increasing employment opportunities and reducing poverty risks for people with disability.

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