Give us a chance! Throughout our Inclusion Works webinar series, we heard from self-advocates who talked about the barriers they face in employment. This is a truly eye-opening series and a must-watch for business owners and employers around the globe. Each episode was led by a self-advocate speaking on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities in their country. A recurring message from self-advocates with Down syndrome was that they enjoy working and the independence it gives them. People with Down syndrome make excellent employees in a variet of roles and industries. Studies and employer testimonies show that they have low absenteeism rates, commit to roles for long periods of time, and are enthusiastic team members. Watch the recorded sessions by clicking on the appropriate blue button: “We have a right to live well. We need clothes, we need food, we need houses. For us to get money to buy all these things we need work. I have a right to work.” Muthoni from Kenya “We have experiences and skills we can share with employers if given a chance. It is upon you, employers, to give us that chance, so people become aware that we exist and we are working, we can live an infinite life.” Samuel from Uganda “I want to show our government that people with disabilities are able so we can all get equal opportunities in employment. If people with disabilities don't get opportunities then we will never know what they are capable of.” Eric from Rwanda “We are just like everyone else - we have strengths, weaknesses, talents and skills. We have qualities you value in an employee. We are loyal to our employers.” Favour from Nigeria “Employers do not want to give us jobs as they do not understand our needs.” Fahim from Bangladesh “Employers are not willing to give us a reasonable salary.” Inclusive employment project Click below to read more about this project: READ MORE Funding This work is funded by Inclusive Futures, a UK Aid-funded consortium of 16 disability and development organizations led by Sightsavers working to create a future that is inclusive of people with disabilities.