Employment and UNCRPD Article 27

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) requires the Irish State to recognise the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.

The provisions of Article 27 are summarised below:

  • People with disabilities have the right to work, on an equal basis, with others
  • People with disabilities have effective access to vocational guidance, placement, and training
  • Employing people with disabilities should be promoted through affirmative action and other measures
  • People with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation at work
  • Work experience as a measure to employ people with disabilities should be promoted in open labour market

We developed a series of in-depth papers on individual UNCRPD Articles. These papers detail the main data available relevant to specific Articles and provides an overview of key policies, programmes, services, supports and data that exist in the Irish context. Our paper on Article 27 outlines the main policies, programmes, services, supports and data available on employment in Ireland.

Read our Series of Papers on Individual UNCRPD Articles

Reasonable Accommodation

We have conducted research on the barriers to receiving reasonable accommodation to access employment and provided relevant policy advice.

Employment Guidance

We have developed good practice guidelines on a number of employment related topics.

Skills Attainment

We provide advice to new strategies and policies relating to skills attainment.


We make various submissions on employment matters relating to people with disabilities

The NDA launch of two reports completed in collaboration with the OECD and the ESRI