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1 Dec, 2023

APF France Handicap’s advocacy for the employment of people with disabilities in France

Coworkers with varied disabilities working at a coffeeshop.

Centering the skills and expertise of people with disabilities, overcoming prejudices about disabilities – these are precisely the goals that COFACE Disability member, APF France Handicap, works towards within their structures and adapted companies 

Many employers struggle to keep workers with disabilities active and increasingly exclude the most vulnerable and/or older ones from employment. The causes are multiple: the socio-demographic profile of workers with disabilities, the organisation of the working world, changes in working conditions, and public policies that fall short of the challenges.  

Nevertheless, job retention is a crucial issue. The European Week for Employment of People with Disabilities (20-26 November) was an opportunity for APF France Handicap to raise awareness about a less optimistic reality which is the continuous and worrisome increase in the professional disintegration of workers with disabilities and its consequence as well as the challenge of retaining them in employment.  

It is important to note that, at a time when unemployment among individuals with disabilities seems to be somewhat better acknowledged by French public authorities due to increased focus on employment access, neglecting to secure career paths amounts to merely shifting the problem. The issue of secure career paths is all the more essential as the world of work today too often becomes a source of disability and thus of future exclusion.  

Faced with these observations, APF France Handicap provides a thorough analysis and proposes measures and solutions to prevent the risk of professional disintegration and to make the retention of workers with disabilities, illnesses, or situations of invalidity/incapacity effective.  

Read more here (in French). 

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