In some countries, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is as high as 80%, putting them among the poorest 15 – 20% of the population. In every country in the world, people with disabilities have higher rates of unemployment than non-disabled people.
Leonard Cheshire Disability works with local partners in Africa and Asia to help disabled people earn their own living.
Programme activities include:
providing small loans and grants to start businesses
starting and supporting savings groups
partnerships with employers to make workplaces accessible
training to help people develop life and work skills
supporting people into work in the mainstream economy
One of the main ways we do this is by setting up fully accessible Livelihoods Resource Centres, which act as a one-stop-shop for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. At our centres, people with disabilities can look for jobs, get advice, careers guidance and counselling as well as receive training and further support to find employment.
We now have 22 Livelihoods Resource Centres in 9 countries across Africa and Asia.
In December 2012 our Livelihoods Resource Centres were chosen by the Zero Project’s selection committee of renowned disability and employment experts as an outstanding example of ‘Innovative Practice’ relating to people with disabilities and employment.
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