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Article 27 of the UN CRPD recognises the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others, in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.
Service providers play an important role in the implementation of Article 27 by making employment and employment-related services available for persons with various support needs.
The topic covers all forms of employment; in the open labour market as well as in sheltered or supported employment schemes. Sheltered and protected environments are instrumental in the transition towards the open labour market. They provide ongoing support to people with higher support needs who may be unable to assume employment in the open labour market.
The range of services provided by EASPD members include training and vocational guidance programmes, supported employment, employment in social economy enterprises and others.


What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Improve labour market outcomes for persons with disabilities
  • Help employers and service providers create decent jobs for persons with disabilities
  • Maximise how EU legislation (public procurement, state aid, etc) can create decent employment opportunities for persons with disabilities
  • Help employers and service providers access EU funds to create decent employment opportunities


Visual announcing upcoming webinar on Good practices for public employment of people with disabilities (ILMA). On 4 October 2023, from 14:30 until 16:30 CET. Join us for an online series of presentations from public administrations and diverse social actors collaborating. Hear about how public administrations offer inclusive positions for people with disabilities with more support needs. QR code to register on the bottom right.

Take part in the online series of presentations from public administrations and diverse social actors at the ILMA event.

This webinar, co-hosted with EPR on December 7th, will look at good practices and success factors of transitions for young persons with...

The report aims to contribute to strengthening the skills of Work Integration Social Enterprises workers and to tackle the digitalisation...


This policy paper aims to provide suggestions to the European Commission on the Disability Employment Package 2022.


CO-RESP aims to help direct the local economy to create new jobs for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.


This paper aims to identify how public authorities can promote quality employment for persons with disabilities via public procurement.

The present study aims to assess the situation of sheltered workshops across the EU at present.

This study describes recent trends in the labour market participation of people with disabilities, focusing specifically on inactive people and...

This research investigates the penetration of digital technologies into the sector of Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE) in Europe, the...

This booklet highlights different models and approaches for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce.

This study was commissioned by EASPD to assist it in its understanding of the employment situation of people with disabilities in Europe and the...