Employment situation and life changes for people with disabilities: evidence from Nepal

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This study attempts to bring attention to the situation of people with disabilities in the developing world by focusing on the labour market of Nepal. Utilizing a unique dataset collected from people with hearing, physical, and visual impairments through questionnaire-based interview methods, it compares across employment based on type of impairment and education levels to identify variation in occupational choices, as well as examining any positive life changes brought by employment. Results indicate that people with hearing, physical or visual impairments often dominated a specific employment sector. Numbers of people with physical, hearing and visual impairments were respectively large in the non-governmental organization sector, restaurants, and local schools. In addition to income, greater social inclusion, respect in the community, more friends, increased confidence, and discovering the new abilities were some of the positive life changes experienced by employees with disabilities.

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