A Global View: Active inclusion for young people with disabilities or health problems

From Eurofound: “Eurofound made a review of existing incapacity benefits aimed at young people of working age in the EU Member States, including data on the take-up of benefits. What is worrying is a relatively new trend indicating a significant increase in their take up among young people – in the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland.

The research shows that the reason for the increase has been predominantly various mental health problems. Research also indicates that debt is a much stronger risk factor for mental disorder than low income.

Additionally, current employment patterns with long hours and more intense work are not conducive for people with health problems. There is also an issue of special education as it seems that in many countries people with health problems move directly from special education into incapacity schemes. To identify effective strategies to tackle this trend, there is clear need to understand the reasons.”

To view the report:  Active inclusion for young people with disabilities or health problems.


Online Course: Global Comparative Disability Policy

Enroll by Nov. 30 to learn more about this evolving employment issue.

What are the socio-economic barriers that challenge individuals with disabilities around the world? How has U.S. disability policy influenced the policy of other countries? How do countries evaluate the success of their policies in serving the needs of people with disabilities?


This winter, Professors Thomas P. Golden and Arun Karpur of Cornell University’s acclaimed Employment and Disability Institute will answer these and many other questions in an online course, Global Comparative Disability Policy (this will link to

Through lectures, discussions, and interviews, students in this intensive, four-credit course will gain:

  • an overview of international public policies on disability,
  • an analysis of disability and employment policy in specific parts of the world,
  • a framework for comparative analysis of public policy, and
  • an introduction to the evolution of country-specific disability policies.

Because this is an entire college semester offered in just a few weeks, participants should be prepared to spend about 30 hours per week on the course. Tuition for Winter Session is $1,155 per credit ($4,620 for a four-credit course). Grades and credits earned will be recorded on an official Cornell University transcript.

For more information and to register, see the course description on the Winter Session website, e-mail, or call 607.255.7259.


Inclusion International’s Global Report on the Right to live and be Included in the Community

Inclusive Communities = Stronger Communities, the Global Report on Article 19: The Right to Live and be Included in the Community was launched in October 2012 during the National Convention and International Forum-Achieving Inclusion Across the Globe, in Washington DC.

Inclusion International‘s report shares stories from self-advocates, families, and organizations from around the globe.

Click to access Global-Report-Living-Colour-dr2-2.pdf