Innovative Policy 2016 on Inclusive education and ICT
Boosting the employability of Costa Ricans with disabilities
|Responsible body||Ministry of Work and Social Security|
Costa Rica’s National Plan for Work Inclusion of People with Disabilities was adopted in 2012 to enable the acceleration of work inclusion of persons with disabilities by eliminating the most serious bottlenecks identified. It has five major objectives: boosting the employability profile of people with disabilities; increasing workplace demand; strengthening job intermediation services; encouraging development of enterprises by people with disabilities; and promoting institutional synergies and coordination of actions.
Despite adopting the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment of Disabled Persons (Act. 7219) in 1991, 63.7 percent of Costa Ricans with disabilities were still not working in 2010. Since the entry into force of the Law 7600 in 1996, the education and training of persons with disabilities has increased. However, limited training opportunities and an ill-adapted curriculum were identified as principal bottlenecks in 2012. To draft the Plan, the ‘MDG Acceleration Framework’ methodology was used, and four workshops and various interviews were held with representatives from organizations of persons with disabilities, government bodies, academia, non-governmental organizations, the business sector, and parts of the UN system (e.g., UN Development Programme and ILO).
«Inclusive companies that provide real opportunities, decent work, and development for people with disabilities provide an important contribution to the welfare and prosperity of our country..»
Costa Rica’s National Plan for Work Inclusion of People with Disabilities of 2012–2015 is a national non-legally-binding policy, overseen by the Ministry for Work and Social Security. The Plan’s measures include, foremost, boosting the employability of people with disabilities through managing educational and training processes aimed at developing the basic skills necessary for their participation in the labour market. The Plan also aims to increase the workplace demand of people with disabilities through the involvement of inclusive employers; to strengthen job intermediation services through the creation of tools and networks; to encourage the development of enterprises through managing services that offer technical consultancy, skills training, and credit; and to promote institutional synergies and coordination of actions. The Plan provides for a precise schedule and resource matrix for its implementation.
Nominated by: Ingrid HEINDORF, World Future Council