64% Of Disabled People In Costa Rica Are Unemployed

Of the more than 200,000 disabled people in the country, 64% are economically inactive.

They are not part of the work force and the satisfaction of their basic needs is complicated.

Yesterday the Office of the Ombudsman warned of this while celebrating the National Day of Persons with Disabilities in the country.

According to the Ombudsman, the economic circumstances of this population further increases the poverty risk and is reflected in the Household Survey of 2010.

22% of people with disabilities live in poverty conditions, compared to the national average of 17%. Being people with more than a physical or mental, the poverty figure increases to 27%.

“At 16 years of the promulgation of Law 7,600, the Public Defender considers it essential to have a greater commitment to advance the state on issues such as employment,” the Ombudsman said in a statement.

The executive director of the National Council of Rehabilitation and Special Education (CNREE), Eric Hess, said that these factors contribute to a cycle that keeps these people at a disadvantage.

“INEC data show us that there is a direct relationship between poverty and disability and of course there is a direct relationship between poverty and unemployment, he said .

The Law of, Inclusion and Labour Protection of Persons with Disabilities in the Public Sector says, that 5% of seats in state institutions should be reserved for this population.

The condition is that the candidates have to win the selection tests.

However, both the Civil Service and the Ministry of Labour had pointed out that the lack of training of these people makes it impossible to carry out the work.

With this same situation faced in private companies, said Erica Linares, director of Social Investment Business Association for Development (AED).

This organization conducted in 2010 a network to promote inclusive employment. Currently, there are 40 companies involved.

In addition to deficiencies in the preparation, Erica Linares said the resistance from many companies believe that the changes are expensive.

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