The inclusion of disabled persons in the labor market in Belo horizonte, Brazil: scenario and perspective.

Ciencia & saude coletiva

PubMedID: 26221820

Neves-Silva P, Prais FG, Silveira AM. The inclusion of disabled persons in the labor market in Belo horizonte, Brazil: scenario and perspective. Cien Saude Colet. 2015;20(8):2549-2558.
Even after the publication of Law 8213 in 1991, which established quotas for employing disabled persons, their inclusion in the workplace still presents a challenge for Brazilian society. In order to understand the main barriers that hamper this process a qualitative research study was conducted in the municipality of Belo Horizon-te. This study included interviews with important actors involved in the process of inclusion; and focus groups including disabled persons and members of their families. The main barriers encountered were: preconceived ideas and discrimination; family relationships; the Continuous Cash Benefit (BPC) program; the low level of qualifi-cation among disabled person; lack of access; and the unpreparedness of companies. It was concluded that drafting laws is not sufficient to guarantee inclusion in the labor market and that governments should implement public policies to assist in this process.