Work Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Three Nordic Countries: The Current Policy and Challenges

Hege Gjertsen*, Stefan Hardonk, Jens Ineland

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Abstract

This article illuminates the work inclusion policies and strategies and the situation today when it comes to including people with intellectual disabilities in workplaces in Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The article draws on official documents, previous research, and statistics. We discuss challenges regarding the current situation in the light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and a social relational understanding of disability. The discrepancy between the current situation when it comes to work inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in these three Nordic countries, and the perspective of human rights and work inclusion are of special interest as these have increasingly provided the framework for policies in relation to the participation of people with disabilities in the labour market. Approaches in Nordic labour market policies and practices must change to protect and promote the rights of people with intellectual disabilities at work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-370
Number of pages11
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Other keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • right to work
  • supported employment
  • understanding disabilities
  • work inclusion
  • work inclusion policy

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