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Remaining in workforce: employment barriers for people with disabilities in a Swedish context
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (samproduktion)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3068-5384
Karolinska institutet, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 18-25Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
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Participation in the workforce is lower among people with disabilities worldwide. In this study we explore how people with disabilities perceive their inclusion in working life. Twenty women and men were interviewed. The sample comprises a group of working people experiencing different kinds of physical and sensory disabilities. The employment barriers found were related to accessibility, cooperation among welfare agencies, technical aids and welfare services. We named them as follows: the environmental participation barrier, the jungle of devices, the catch 22 situations, and, the inflexibility of welfare services. According to our interpretation these external barriers hinder people with disabilities from engaging in work and civic life to the extent that they want. Most interviewees in our sample were well-educated and successfully employed, nevertheless they all had experienced barriers in relation to remaining in work. Although the intentions in Sweden and most welfare states is to include people with disabilities in working life there are several obstacles in implementation of this intention. 

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2018. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 18-25
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35143DOI: 10.16993/sjdr.4ISI: 000433656600003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047903218OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-35143DiVA, id: diva2:1087590
Available from: 2017-04-07 Created: 2017-04-07 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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