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ERIC Number: EJ938461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
What Do People Think about Disabled Youth and Employment in Developed and Developing Countries? Results from an E-Discussion Hosted by the World Bank
Roggero, Paola; Tarricone, Rosanna; Nicoli, Marco; Mangiaterra, Viviana
Disability & Society, v21 n6 p645-650 2006
Even though there are good examples of people with disabilities mainstreamed in the labour market (Bruyere et al., 2004), the situation is still far from being positive, particularly when labour markets are in constant flux due to rapid globalization and technological change, unless new approaches are adopted. In light of this, the World Bank Human Development Network and the World Bank Institute organized an e-discussion to explore the challenges of mainstreaming people with disabilities and preparing them for the new global economy. This article presents the main results of the e-discussion, which was designed to solicit ideas and gather information on good job practices, thereby contributing to the ongoing work of academic and international institutions. The goal of the discussion was to generate input from people whose opinions are seldom represented in academic papers that can help guide the development agenda and ensure the inclusion of disabled youth. The e-discussion lasted four weeks. A specific theme was assigned each week, moderated by one of the partners collaborating on the study. The first week (1-4 June) was focused on the supply side (disabled youth looking for a job) and was moderated by Bocconi University, Italy. The second week (7-11 June) centred on the demand side (employers offering jobs to disabled youth) and was moderated by the Employer's Forum on Disability, UK. The third week (14-18 June) tackled the roles and responsibilities of "other actors" (parents/families, schools, training centres and others), and was moderated by Workability International, USA. The last week (21-25 June) concentrated on the role of policymakers (national and local governments) and was moderated by Cornell University, USA. The major themes of the e-discussion were: (1) society's perception of disabled people; (2) the educational system; (3) governmental policies; and (4) the role of intermediaries. Several solutions to overcome problems stemming from society's misperceptions emerged from the discussion, such as: changing societal knowledge, attitudes and behaviours regarding disability; empowering disabled youth; and lobbying for respect of their rights. The conclusion from this participatory exercise is that there are no quick and easy recipes or magic formulas for creating jobs for disabled youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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