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The ILO’s AbilityAsia programme has adapted this manual, Getting

Hired: A Guide for Job-Seekers with Disabilities to help you. The

guide is intended for individuals who are looking for salaried or paid

employment in the formal sector. This means you probably live in a

town or city. The guide can be used by individuals or groups,

including organizations of individuals with disabilities. It can also be

used on its own or as a part of a training workshop. Organizations of

people with disabilities, placement agencies, non-governmental

organizations and community organizations can also use the

companion training manual Getting Hired: A Trainer’s Manual for

Conducting a Workshop for Job-Seekers with Disabilities to deliver a

workshop on this topic.

While this guide has been prepared for adults with disabilities, the

basic principles for finding a job and getting hired are the same for

anyone. Non-disabled people may also find this book valuable. This

guide may be useful to help you get full-time work, or part-time work

while you are studying.

People with disabilities are no longer viewed as requiring protection

and care; they are seen as individuals who have rights, including the

right to access training and employment. With preparation and

training you can become a valued member of the workforce. This

has been proven time and again, by businesses and employers who

hire people with disabilities and keep track of their overall

performance, productivity and safety records.

Your right to meaningful work is guaranteed in a number of

international instruments. Most recently the United Nations General

Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with

Disabilities. The Convention, which entered into force on 3 May

2008, is being signed and ratified by many countries around the

world. The ILO Convention concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and

Employment (Disabled Persons), 1983 (No. 159) promotes equal

treatment and equal opportunity for people with disabilities in work

and training situations. Many countries also have laws to protect the

right of people with disabilities to engage in work.

You should talk with a local organization of disabled persons to learn

more about your human rights, your employment rights and how

they are protected in your country.

This guide provides some additional information on your rights but is

primarily designed to help you build the practical skills you need to

find a job. It is general and we hope that you will find it useful.

However, each country is different and local job-seeking practices

may vary; therefore you should ask for information from local leaders

and employment specialists and follow the accepted methods in your


The ILO encourages you to seek the job you desire and to advance

yourself and your community through active participation. We wish

you success in your job search and hope you find meaningful work

in line with your goals!