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Spain – 2013 wish list for people with a disability

20 December 2012

Access to employment and job retention are two of the main wishes for 2013 made by people with a disability, according to a survey by Fundación Adecco. 100% of unemployed respondents in 2013 want a job to promote their "autonomy and independence"; while 58% of those with a job wanted to keep it , followed by 30% who would like to improve their current conditions. 60% of respondents believe that a disability "is an obstacle" which decreases their chance of finding a job, compared with 40% who believe that the economic crisis affects everyone equally. 
Along the same lines, 80% of people with disabilities believe they are relegated to lower level positions, with less chance of promotion than other workers.  Therefore, 98% of respondents would like to see intensified advocacy to ensure full employment of people with disabilities. In addition, 98% would like to see a review the Integration of the Handicapped Act (LISMI), 30 years after its launch.
The 750 respondents were also asked about the government’s plans to tackle job cuts. In the opinion of 92%, these actions threatened the social gains and rights made in recent years. 

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