EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Illness, disability and social inclusion

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Illness, disability and social inclusion (phase 1)

The report Illness, disability and social inclusion reviews the nature and scale of the problems facing different groups, and identifies policy initiatives in employment, education, housing, transport and other areas which facilitate social and economic integration. Published to coincide with the European Year of People with Disabilities 2003, the report aims to increase policy focus on people with a chronic illness or disability, particularly those of working age. It was launched at the Italian Presidency conference on 'Illness and employment: retaining the link to work' held in Reggio Calabria, 17-18 November 2003.

See: Key findings - Phase 1

Employment and disability - Back to work strategies (phase 2)

Phase two research took up this issue of maintaining people with chronic illness and disabilities in employment. The resulting report Employment and disability: Back to work strategies identifies and assesses a range of initiatives and policy measures that encourage job retention and reintegration in relation to the expectations and needs of employees, companies and public authorities. The recommendations take into account the cost and benefit implications for the main stakeholders. It also considers emerging issues highlighted by the Lisbon objectives particularly the ageing of the European workforce.

See: Key findings - Phase 2

Employment guidance services for people with disabilities (phase 3)

The focus of this research is on people in receipt of long-term disability benefits and how effective employment guidance and counselling services can help their return to work. By looking at case studies in 10 Member States, the report Employment guidance services for people with disabilities identifies examples of good practice in employment services for people who have become disability claimants in the course of their working lives.

See: Key findings - Phase 3