The Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network (GLADNET) brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations of and for persons with disabilities. Our common goal is to advance competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.
GLADNET's objective is to promote disability policy and program reform with emphasis on integrated training and employment options for working age persons with disabilities. These objectives are achieved through collaborative applied research projects, and by the global exchange of information via the Internet.
GLADNET is taking a lead in making sure that the implications of the UNCRPD are made clear to those national and international agencies with responsibility for promoting the implementation of the Convention in the areas of employment and training. With the support of the ILO an on-line resource has been developed which provides you access to a wide range of resources.
GLADNET has also established a Thematic Group to monitor progress in the implementation of Articles 27, 28 and 32 worldwide. You can make a contribution to this by clicking on the relevant link below.
GLADNET is also convening a seminar on Job retention and return to work in the context of the UNCRPD on 22nd September 2010 at the International Forum on Disability Management Conference in Los Angeles.
You can view the content of this seminar in the GLADNET Events section on this website
GLADNET has been funded by the International Labour Organization to support the implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with the design of a related Infobase of over 300 publications related to the implementation of 13 articles associated with the employment and training for people with disabilities. Related publications include reports, policies, and research, as well as practical guides, checklists, tools, information sheets, brochures, fact sheets that relate to work and employment, international cooperation and habilitation and rehabilitation.
GLADNET has a established a Thematic Working Group to monitor global and regional progress on the implementation of the UNCPRD in relation to Article 27- Work and employment; Article 28 - Adequate standard of living and social protection; and Article 32 - International cooperation in the areas of training, work and employment. If you wish to participate in this process you can do so by becoming a member. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to influence the way employment and training are addressed under the Treaty and to get advice and support from colleagues in other countries to assist you in promoting employment in your own country.
Visit the GLADNET YouTube channel. Watch videos on employment and training for people with disabilities.
At this writing, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has been signed by 158 countries with 149 of them going on to ratify it. In addition, the Convention's Optional Protocol which deals with the complaint process has been signed by 92 countries of which, 82 have already ratified it.
Many of the countries who have ratified the Convention and/or the Optional Protocol are in the developing world, where people with disabilities have long been in the poorest of the poor category due to governmental indifference and social exclusion. Thus, for the first time, people with disabilities in these countries may actually see the quality of their lives improve.
But what does it all mean at the ground level? Are governments really serious about trying to create a plan with goals, timelines and progress benchmarks as discussed in the Convention's Articles or did they just ratify it to say they did it? Which countries are making progress and how are they doing it? What is still needed? How can the international community help?
Webinar Fee to non-Gladnet members: $75
Presented by Ilene Zeitzer, M.A., President Disability Policy Solutions
Ilene Zeitzer is an international consultant with over 30 years of experience in helping to craft effective disability policies toward full inclusion. She has worked in some 15 developing countries - many of which were part of the former Soviet Union (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova and Poland) and/or which suffered the effects of devastating wars (Bosnia and Vietnam) or major natural disasters (Armenia). Her field work, including repeat visits over time to several of the countries to be discussed, provides the basis for commentary on the state of progress thus far and what the next steps should be. The focus of the observations will center on three key areas that are essential to social inclusion for persons with disabilities, namely, access to: (1) employment; (2) education; and (3) the built environment.
Employment and Disability Institute Director Susanne Bruyere served as lead author on the Employment and Work chapter of the World Report on Disability. The World Health Organization was requested by the World Health Assembly to produce a World report (Resolution 58.23 -May 2005) based on the best available scientific evidence. The report has been designed to bring together evidence on disability, the current data and trends on disability and rehabilitation, causes of disabilities, key issues related to inclusion, challenges and gaps and address cross cutting issues such as rights, access to services and equal opportunities. Based on this analysis it will make recommendations for action at national and international level. Previous experience in developing World reports shows the importance of these documents for raising awareness, building political will and setting the agenda for years to come.
Read a chapter of the WHO World Report on Disability.