Exploring the right to work among persons with disabilities: The role of labor-oriented values

Ofir Y. Pinto, Michel Strawczynski, Arie Rimmerman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


BACKGROUND: The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) assumes that persons with disabilities have similar rights, motivations to work and personal values as those without disabilities. OBJECTIVE: The article examines the corroboration between this assumption and real-life facts to better understand the importance of labor-oriented values in people with disabilities. METHODS: We tested the relationship between human values, employment and wages among Israelis with disabilities who cope with prejudice, negative attitudes and a lack of accessible workplaces in comparison to Israelis without disabilities. RESULTS: We found that the effect of labor-oriented values on employment status is 70% higher among people with disabilities than among those without disabilities. Furthermore, persons with disabilities ranked power and achievement as important values related to employment, but these values were not included in the considerations of persons without disabilities. CONCLUSIONS: These results highlight the importance of labor-oriented values for people with disabilities to overcome challenges in the labor market. Our findings suggest that rehabilitation policies would benefit from identifying personal human values of people with disabilities at an early stage of their career.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are very grateful to Hester Fass, Michael Been-stock, Micha Mandel, Ram Fishman, Lilach Sagiv, Ariel Knafo, Roni Holler, Rachel Caplin and two anonymous reviewers for their help and valuable comments on this article. The research was supported and funded by the National Insurance Institute of Israel. The authors are responsible for any remaining errors or omissions. Due to privacy concerns, study materials are available only at NII’s research room.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.


  • CRPD
  • human values
  • people with disabilities
  • work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Exploring the right to work among persons with disabilities: The role of labor-oriented values'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this