Webinar on Making Skills and Jobs Inclusive of Young Persons with Disabilities

According to the World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population is living with a disability. Despite improvements in recent decades, youth with disabilities are less likely to start school or attend school than other children and also have lower transition rates to higher levels of education. Young people and people with disabilities are among the most disadvantaged groups when it comes to getting a decent job and progressing in their careers. Lack of inclusion in education and skills development initiatives for young people with disabilities exacerbates unemployment and marginal employment among a population eager to work. The COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the challenges of the estimated 180 to 220 million young persons with disabilities around the world.


The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, Generation Unlimited, ILO

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International Sign interpretation and automatic captioning in English will be provided.
This webinar is organised by YouthForesight, a one-stop shop providing curated tools, publications, databases and resources to support evidence-based action for supporting young people’s education and skilling, employment, entrepreneurship, and engagement.

The webinar aims to spotlight good practices and experiences from around the world who are dedicated to supporting young persons with disabilities and to promote shared lessons and call for action on collective effort to mainstream skills initiatives that lead to decent jobs for young persons with disabilities.

  • Showcase solutions, lessons learned, and innovative practices of inclusive skills development initiatives which lead to improve the employment prospects of young persons with disabilities;
  • Provide an open space for discussion with ILO and YouthForesight partners wishing to learn more and take action in this area including stakeholders wishing to design and implement inclusive programmes for young persons with disabilities;



14:00 – 14:05: Welcome and Theme introduction by Bowen Tang, President of International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People. With ice-breaker survey for participants

14:05-14:30: Knowledge sharing between speakers on projects and experiences

14:30- 15:00: Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Bowen Tang, President of International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People
  • Leku Sylvie Nakou (Cameroon), Global Network for Young Persons with Disabilities
  • Patricia Matlou, Inclusion and Diversity Associate Manager at Accenture in South Africa
  • Standard Chartered
  • Jürgen Menze, Disability Inclusion Officer, ILO
  • Haibin Zhou, Founder & CEO of Easy Inclusion


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