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C Take a consistent approach to disability identification so that multiple data sources can be used in conjunction to get a more complete picture of the experiences of persons with disabilities. 7 SUPPORT DISABILITY-INCLUSIVE BUSINESS Private employers can play an important role in developing policies and programmes to boost employment for persons with disabilities, as well as their own bottom line. It is recommended that governments: 34 a Introduce programmes to raise awareness among private employers of the business case for hiring persons with disabilities.

Garment production is a growing industry in Bangladesh and most of its workers are women. In light of the country’s 20 per cent labour shortage at the time of the programme’s inception, ADD saw a promising opportunity to train women with disabilities in the in-demand profession of tailoring. The programme offered tailoring training to young persons with disabilities who lived in households with an income of less than $50 per month. In order to tackle employer prejudices, ADD coupled their training project with efforts to encourage garment factory owners to employ persons with disabilities.

34 Other studies report less dramatic results, but still demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of such accommodations. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION — These programmes are designed to address the issue of occupational injuries and illnesses. They provide cash and medical benefits to employees whose disability is acquired in the workplace. Generally, workers’ compensation operates through insurance programmes - either through public insurance programmes, or private or even self-insurance at large firms. Because employer premiums are experience rated, they are higher for firms with more accidents.

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