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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-41

Factors influencing employment and employability for persons with disability: Insights from a City in South India

South Asia Center for Disability Inclusive Development and Research (SACDIR), a Center of Excellence under the Aegis of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Hyderabad, Telangana

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Dr. Srikrishna S Ramachandra
IIPHH, ANV Arcade, Plot No. 1, Amar Co-op Society, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500 033, Telangana

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DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM_44_16

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Background: There is a lack of evidence on barriers faced by persons with disability in accessing employment opportunities in India. Aim: This study was undertaken to ascertain both employee and employer perceptions on barriers existing among Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled sectors to employ persons with disabilities. Materials and Methods: Two hundred participants from six IT/IT-enabled sector organizations were included in the study; study was conducted at Hyderabad, India. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to the participants. Results: Physical access to and within the worksite was highlighted as a concern by 95% of respondents. Majority perceived that communication, attitude of people, discrimination, harassment at work place, and information were critical barriers. Only 3.8% of employers were aware that their company had a written policy on employing persons with disabilities. Employers stated that commitment and perseverance were important facilitators among persons with disabilities. Conclusions: Evidence from this study will help in planning need-based employment for persons with disabilities.


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