Making Digital Skills Initiatives Inclusive of Young Persons with Disabilities

Decent Jobs for Youth
What is it?

This policy brief focuses on making digital skills initiatives inclusive of young persons with disabilities and offers policy recommendations.


  • Estimates suggest that there are between 180 and 220 million young people with disabilities around the world and nearly 80% of them live in developing countries.
  • Not only do inclusive digital skills initiatives support the fundamental rights of young persons with disabilities for inclusive education and access to decent work, but these initiatives also contribute to addressing the shortage of digitally skilled workers in labour markets around the world.
  • By becoming more inclusive, mainstreaming digital skills initiatives can enhance the employability of young persons with disabilities and, therefore, increase their chances of finding decent work.
  • Young people with disabilities are more likely to benefit from an inclusive digital skills initiative when action is coordinated across all levels - governments, international organizations, policy­ making bodies, digital skills training providers, private sector employers and support organisations.