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Afshan S. Khan
Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Islamabad

 

The British High Commission and the British Council hosted the launch of (www.jobability.org) an online jobs portal for people with disabilities in Pakistan and wider South Asia. The portal, launched on International Human Rights Day, provides an accessible platform for employers and disabled people to connect and for disabled people to access employment.

 

The portal has been developed by the Leonard Cheshire Disability, UK, in partnership with the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Development Programme (LCDDP) Accenture and other partners in South Asia.

 

LCDDP has been working since 2006 in Pakistan to promote the rights of persons with disabilities including promoting the rights to employment to ensure social inclusion. They work with 12 partners across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to improve livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities. They have supported more than 2,300 persons with a range of disabilities to access gainful employment.

 

Speaking at the launch, British High Commissioner Adam Thomson said that the ‘Jobability’ portal is a very important step towards ensuring people with disability can be part of the mainstream workforce in this country and beyond. “I am delighted that this portal is being launched at International Human Rights Day. We also have responsibilities as employers. People with disability should not face discrimination but should be given every opportunity to compete on an equal opportunity basis for work. Employers have a duty to look at what changes or reasonable adaptations they can make to the workplace or the way their work is done,” he said.