How one program is engaging professionals with disabilities

Engagement and partnership meeting for the UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities at UNV headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Photo by: Alexandra Solovieva

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.”

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    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.