Employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Ethiopia- rights and facts

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anshebo, Asafw

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Addis Ababa Universty


The purpose of this study is to examine the existing legal fraillework intended to get "equal" employment opportunities for persolls with disabilities at a national level, its illlplelllentUl ion. lIlonilOring. (lnd lhe clwllellges f aced hy Ihese people tu gel employmenl. This sll{(ly dues not atteillpt 10 address all .fields of disahililies and their impact on eillployment oppor/unifies for persons with disabilities al the nationalleve!. It is rather de-limited to persons with visual impairment, hearing impairment, and physical impairment (motor disordel), who are qualified and employed or who are denied "equal" employment opportunities in Addis Ababa. The area 0/ the study was purposely selected to be Addis Ababa because many associations for persons with disabilities are found in Addis Ababa. It was accessible and convenient to get a captured group of respondents. The results of the study indicated that inaccessible physical environment, unfavorable alfitude of workers, the vacancies didn 't include PWDs and employment rules too, lack 0/ awareness about their rights, lack of inf ormation about vacancies among PWDS, gender based discrimination were found to be the major problems fa ced byPWDS