Aide et Action (AEA) Cambodia has recently launched its publication of a research report entitled: Identifying Barriers to Employment of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) in Cambodia. Funded by AusAID/Australian Red Cross, this study aimed at identifying barriers to employment opportunities faced by young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, including the identification of gender-base barriers, and support/accommodations needed for increased opportunities.
A multilevel approach was carried out during this study: focus groups discussions with youths with intellectual disabilities and their parents, interviews with local and international organizations working in the disability sector, various market employers (Banks, Garment factories, etc…) and also relevant ministry representatives.
As a result, the study found that people with mild to moderate ID have the ability and interest in working; their barriers to employment are primarily societal. Employers who were part of this study all stated that they were willing to employ persons with intellectual disabilities according to their ability. Furthermore it was identified that persons with ID should receive the appropriated training in both technical and soft skills, aligned with their interests, in order to match the needs of available employment opportunities. Additional recommendations consisted of but were not limited to: NGOs should collaborate more closely with the employers to allow them to better understand the needs and abilities of the people with ID; related ministries should reinforce the implementation of the disability employment law, especially the sub-decree on the quota requirements for the employment of persons with disabilities (with more focus directed towards persons specifically with ID).
To gain further information and review the full report, please visit the Aide et Action South East Asia website: http://www.aeai-sea.org/en/index.php.