Discrimination in access to employment for graduates with disabilities: Proposals for improvement
Although the number of graduates with disabilities is increasing worldwide, few studies have examined their transition to employment. This study analysed the difficulties they find in their labour insertion compared with their peers without disabilities and offers proposals to improve their employability. We used a representative sample of Spanish graduates, with and without disabilities. Our results showed that the main problem for graduates with disabilities is their access to the labour market. There is, however, no evidence of differences in the quality of employment between graduates with and without disabilities. We found that the difficulties in accessing employment among graduates with disabilities are related to discriminatory institutional factors in the labour market. Therefore, it is important to implement policies focused on the removal of institutional barriers that may prevent employers from hiring graduates with disabilities. Our results provide empirical evidence for policies that can improve their employability.
The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Disability and Sociaty (published online 26 Jun 2023) http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09687599.2023.2227332. Authors have received finacial support from Comunidad de Madrid, Spain (Grant: H2019/HUM-5761) and European Social Found
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