Changing the hiring policies of companies towards young people with disabilities
- LPHU - Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union
- Country of Implementation
- Asia & Pacific
- Start Year
- First published
“I am an independent person now. I can live with my wife independently, and my future children will get all their needs, thanks to my job at Alfa company.” Rachid Al Hassan is 31 years old with visual impairment.
According to LPHU, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is 83 per cent in Lebanon and 70 per cent in Palestine.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
LPHU has succeeded in promoting decent work for people with disabilities in Lebanon and Palestine by using networking and training strategies, thereby transforming private companies from being dismissive and reluctant to being active and supportive. LPHU signed cooperation protocols with 97 companies that have begun to add inclusion standards to their employment policies, as well as to modify their buildings to become fully accessible. In addition, LPHU achieved the following: · Built systematic partnerships with economic committees and syndicates of company owners to add binding inclusion standards to ensure continuity. · Launched a dialogue on economic inclusion and established the first regional plan of action in collaboration with more than 100 partners from the private and public sector. · Issued training materials on inclusive employment systems and the media. · Conducted vocational training for almost 1,000 people with disabilities since 2012. More than 200 of them found employment in the open labour market. Examples of employment include administrative assistant, receptionist, human resources assistant, secretary, call centre officer, archive officer, data entry officer, and restaurant chef.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
The project has a total cost of EUR 250,000 per year and is funded by the European Union and the Christian Aid UK organization.