Young people with disabilities

It is common for young people participating in ESF projects to have some kind of disability. Four out of ten projects address this target group, but all projects are involved with these young people in their work.

Disabilities can mean many different things. Through our project questionnaire it was indicated (177 projects) that 60 per cent of the projects’ participants have some form of mental disability. These may include for instance neuropsychological diagnoses, depression, social phobia or a mental disability that has not been diagnosed.

The project responses also show that ten per cent of participants have intellectual disabilities that present considerable demands in respect of adapting workplaces and job content. Four per cent of participants have physical disabilities that require adaptations to be made to the workplace and job content. Eleven per cent of young people not in education, employment, or training receive support from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency because of illness or disability. There are different approaches in how projects work with these target groups.