THE FORGOTTEN BILLION: GIVING VOICE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

-RoomForWork has a solution-

”Do you ever wonder how the disabled assimilate into society without being a social & economic burden? Did you ever want to do something for this underserved group but had no known outlet?”

Matheiu Vaassen

Handicap does not have to be an obstacle to success.

I have had a disability for 20 years. Yet it has not prevented me from starting a business and having a happy family life. It is very clear that the majority of people with disabilities in the world have an extremely difficult time for survival, let alone productive work and personal satisfaction. This project makes an important contribution to our understanding of disability and its impact on individuals and society. It emphasizes the various barriers faced by people with disabilities – attitudinal, physical and financial. Tackling these barriers is within our reach. In fact, we have a moral duty to remove barriers to participation and to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock the enormous potential of people with disabilities. That is also the reason why I started investigating 10 years ago how we can improve this, and that’s how the RoomForWork project came about. Governments around the world can no longer overlook the hundreds of millions of people with disabilities who are denied access to health, rehabilitation, support, education and work and never get the chance to shine. The project will therefore be an invaluable tool for policy makers, researchers, practitioners, lawyers and volunteers involved in disabilities.

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