Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

Collected ideas for access to the workplace

The ‘Accessibility Guide’ illustrates low or no-cost solutions for companies to allow persons with disabilities accessibility and employment. It creates inclusive employment policies and promotes inclusive businesses.

“Accessibility at work: beyond the standards, towards a community process!”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Accessibility guide for workplaces
Organisation:The Trust for the Americas
of origin
Mexico/ Peru/ Ecuador/ El Salvador
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Guide to enable accessibility in workplaces, capacity building


  • Developed in cooperation with regional key actors, civil society, employers
  • The guide is editable, allowing adjustments on a country by-country basis
  • Since distribution 1,000 persons with disabilities were employed
  • 2,000 hard copies in Mexico, 1,000 soft copies (CD) distributed per country


The high unemployment rate of persons with disabilities in Latin America is partially due to the reluctance of companies to hire persons with disabilities. The fear of high related costs and complicated solutions for their inclusion in the labour force are the major reasons.


The guide offers low to no-cost solutions that give persons with disabilities barrier-free access to the workplace, often using existing in-house resources. For example, floors with different textures can provide guidance to a blind person’s need to orient himself. To generate effective and affordable solutions, employers are trained to interact with the surrounding community and with the persons with disabilities to define
and build the accessibility solutions together.


It is essential to develop a culture of frank and open dialogue within the company to overcome fears and develop innovative solutions together. Training and presentations of hard facts and soft skills are provided to interested companies and HR managers throughout Latin America. The guide is now used and distributed by a network of inclusive employers, including the 667 companies that participated in the project. The guide is editable and its format allows for adjustments and additions on a country-by-country basis. It is planned eventually to expand the guide to 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

86_Accessibility Guide for Employers_maneras de cerrar la puerta_02The guide illustrates various low or no-cost solutions for companies to enable the inclusion
of persons with disabilities in the workplace.

Mr. Dario SOTO
The Trust for the Americas
2600 16th street, NW, Washington DC
United States of America | +1-202 370 0755


Top marks from:
• all voters
Top marks for:
• Targeting all persons with disabilities
• Targeting the Global South

Nominated by: David Andres ROJAS, The Trust for the Americas