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!