Included in Training and Work: Transforming Policies and Practices for People with Disabilities

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People with disabilities experience disadvantage and discrimination in the job market, and are often unemployed. This impacts their lives financially and may have additional impacts in terms of self-esteem, social inclusion, and subjective feelings of belonging. They may be also penalised for being workless. Adult vocational (special or inclusive) education and specialist support exist to remedy this situation, but we know that these are not as accessible or effective as they could be. All too often, adults with disabilities, and especially those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or significant physical disabilities, find that they cannot access vocational education, or that they have not had adequate preparation in vocational education for real-world work. Outcomes of vocational education are significantly less positive for people with disabilities. In addition, a parallel world of disability-specific vocational education and work has emerged where disabled people may be required to attend endless rounds of vocational education courses and temporary trainee placements that can be costly in financial and personal terms, but still do not lead to viable employment.
In 2017, Disability Studies in Nederland led an eight-month research process involving people with disabilities, service providers, policymakers and Disability Studies academics. The project started with international teams working online to focus on barriers to and facilitators of inclusion in vocational training and work that had been identified in previous research. These groups presented their findings at a Lorentz Centre workshop, during which the full team heard guest speakers and worked together with additional contributors for a full week to further develop their recommendations and consider emerging topics. The result is a clear, research-based set of recommendations for policymakers, practitioners and DPOs (see
In this presentation I will present our key findings, with an eye towards further dissemination and real-world use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLancaster Disability Studies Conference - CeDR 2018 - Book of Abstracts
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherCentre for Disability, Research Department of Sociology (CeDR)
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2018
EventLancaster Centre for Disability Studies (CeDR) Conference, UK - Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201813 Sep 2018


ConferenceLancaster Centre for Disability Studies (CeDR) Conference, UK
Abbreviated titleCeDR
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • disability
  • vocational education
  • employment
  • unemployment
  • training


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