U.S. to cooperate in supporting employment for people living with disabilities


Member of Parliament and Labor Minister of Mongolia G.Bayarsaikhan conducted a working visit to the United States on March 8 to 10 to initiate talks on cooperation with the U.S. in supporting the employment of people living with disabilities.
Delegates of the Labor Ministry of Mongolia met with Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann; Jennifer Sheehy, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor; Sue Swenson, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education; and other officials.
During their two-hour meeting, the parties introduced and discussed work that is being carried out to protect the rights of people living with disabilities and to support their employment.
Beginning the meeting, Minister G.Bayarsaikhan mentioned that 3.3 percent of Mongolia’s population (99,500 people) are living with disabilities. The Minister spoke about work that the Government of Mongolia is implementing to create opportunities for these individuals to gain access to education and employment.
He noted that the Labor Ministry is doing a lot to improve the legal environment to implement the nation’s policy to support employment, and added that the policy pays special attention to maintaining the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities and 1983’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Convention.
Minister G.Bayarsaikhan said, “Mongolia’s current economic situation, affected by foreign factors and a drop in raw material prices in the global market, is causing difficulty in carrying out some programs and projects to support the employment of disabled persons. However, the Government of Mongolia did not deduct from the budget devoted to disabled persons, blaming economic deterioration.”
Minister G.Bayarsaikhan stated Mongolia’s interest in collaborating with the U.S. in several areas. In particular, he noted that Mongolia wants to work with the U.S. on establishing a joint information and survey center for people living with disabilities, to build a training and manufacturing center for their employment and skill development, and to cooperate on training and developing educators properly trained to work for these vocational pursuits. Stressing that vocational training centers must have specific training resources for students who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, or physically disabled.
Minister L.Bayarsaikhan noted that 81 vocational training centers currently operate in Mongolia, training over 42,000 trainees in 193 professions, and 501 students are people living with disabilities. He mentioned that there is a lot to learn from the U.S. on offering specialized training, noting that the U.S. has rich experience in providing people living with disabilities with modified manuals, special tools, and equipment.
U.S. officials said that the unemployment rate of disabled persons living in the U.S. is twice as high as the unemployment rate of able-bodied  citizens. Judith Heumann added that the population of the U.S. is 310 million, and 54 million people are living with disabilities.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the U.S. and Mongolian representatives decided to establish a cooperation memorandum to support the employment of Mongolian people living with disabilities.

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