NGOs have a weak record on disability issues, finds study

A new study has revealed a 'startling' lack of effort by international development organisations to employ people with disabilities.

Research by Action on Disability and Development concludes that many organisations "have barely considered disability issues".

The report is based on a survey sent to 275 organisations, although just 30 bothered to reply.

All those surveyed work on poverty reduction issues but the results show widespread exclusion of disabled people. Only 20 per cent had specific plans to accommodate disabled people while 35 per cent employed an entirely able-bodied workforce.

Organisations surveyed blamed a lack of applications from disabled people, the cost of making a job accessible and a lack of appropriate skills.

Several groups approached by Third Sector refused to comment on such a "sensitive subject". One said: "It's difficult to say anything about it that puts us in a good light."

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