Global development can be a particularly tough sector to enter for young professionals with disabilities, who may face additional challenges in gaining the international experience they need to land their first job. As building inclusive programming for people living with disabilities gains more attention across the sector, some organizations have begun to look at how they can be more inclusive inside their own walls.
“When you have a disability, you don’t normally consider volunteering internationally as an opportunity,” said Jessica Mohr, a talent analyst with United Nations Volunteers. “There simply is always a problem in coping with your special needs. You can arrange yourself at home but then on the road, it’s an issue.”